There is huge variation in survival between cancer types. Ten-year age-standardised net survival for patients diagnosed during 2010-2011 in England and Wales ranges from 98% for testicular cancer to just 1% for pancreatic cancer. Of the 21 most common cancers, 12 have ten-year survival of 50% or more, and four types – testicular cancer, malignant melanoma, prostate cancer and Hodgkin lymphoma – have survival in excess of 80%. Some cancer types, however, remain difficult to diagnose and/or treat, and survival is less than 20% for stomach, brain, oesophageal, lung and pancreatic cancers.
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