Cancer survival statistics

Survival

Survive cancer for 10 or more years, 2010-11, England and Wales

Improvement

Cancer survival in the UK has doubled in the last 40 years

Variation

There is huge variation in survival between cancer types

  • Half (50%) of people diagnosed with cancer in England and Wales survive their disease for ten years or more (2010-11).
  • Cancer survival is higher in women than men.
  • Cancer survival is improving and has doubled in the last 40 years in the UK.

See more cancer survival statistics for all cancers combined

  • Survival varies between cancer types, ranging from 98% for testicular cancer to just 1% for pancreatic cancer.
  • Many of the most commonly diagnosed cancers have ten-year survival of 50% or more (2010-11).
  • More than 80% of people diagnosed with cancer types which are easier to diagnose and/or treat survive their cancer for ten years or more (2010-11).
  • Less than 20% of people diagnosed with cancer types which are difficult to diagnose and/or treat survive their cancer for ten years or more (2010-11).

See more cancer survival statistics for common cancers

  • Cancer survival generally decreases with age. Breast, prostate and bowel cancers are the exceptions, with survival in middle-aged people similar to or higher than in those under 40. This is probably linked with screening and PSA testing which is conducted in these age groups, as well as tumour characteristics.

See more cancer survival statistics for common cancers by age at diagnosis

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The latest survival statistics available for cancers in England and Wales are 2010-2011 (all ages combined) and 2009-2013 (by age)

The ICD codes Open a glossary item for all cancers combined and survival by age are ICD-10 C00-C97 excluding C44 which includes all malignant neoplasms excluding non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC).

The ICD codes for survival for common cancers are detailed within the types of cancer content. Data for breast cancer are for female only, and laryngeal cancer are for male only.

The ICD codes and data time periods for survival by socio-economic variation are detailed within the content.

Survival statistics give an overall picture of survival and (unless otherwise stated) include all adults (15-99) diagnosed, at all ages, stages Open a glossary item and co-morbidities. The survival time experienced by an individual patient may be much higher or lower, depending on specific patient and tumour characteristics. If you are a patient, please see our patient information.

Survival for children and teenagers and young adults are presented separately.

Local Cancer Statistics

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Cancer Statistics Explained

See information and explanations on terminology used for statistics and reporting of cancer, and the methods used to calculate some of our statistics.

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Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge the essential work of the cancer registries in the United Kingdom and Ireland Association of Cancer Registries, without which there would be no data.

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