Cancer survival statistics


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


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


There is huge variation in survival between cancer types

  • Half of people diagnosed with cancer now survive their disease for at least ten years.
  • 46% of men and 54% of women cancer patients diagnosed in 2010-2011 in England and Wales are predicted to survive 10 or more years.
  • Cancer survival in the UK have doubled in the last 40 years.

See more cancer survival statistics for all cancers combined

  • There is huge variation in survival between cancer types, ranging from 98% for testicular cancer to just 1% for pancreatic cancer.
  • Nearly half of the most common cancers, have ten-year survival of 50% or more.
  • Testicular cancer, malignant melanoma, prostate cancer and Hodgkin lymphoma have ten-year survival of 80% or more.
  • Some cancer types, continue to be difficult to diagnose and/or treat, and ten-year survival is less than 20% for stomach, brain, oesophageal, lung and pancreatic cancers.

See more cancer survival statistics for common cancers

The latest survival statistics available for cancers in England and Wales are 2010-2011.

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 Open a glossary item 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 Open a glossary item 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[glossary - stage] 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.

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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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