Leukaemia (all subtypes combined) survival statistics

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Survival

Survive leukaemia for 10 or more years, 2013-2017, England

Age

Age that leukaemia survival is highest, 2009-2013, England

 

Improvement

Leukaemia survival in the UK has more than quadrupled in the last 40 years

 

73.1% of males survive leukaemia for at least one year. This falls to 53.5% surviving for five years or more, as shown by age-standardised net survival for patients diagnosed with leukaemia during 2013-2017 in England.[1] Survival for females at one year is 71.5% and falls to 53.5% surviving for at least five years. Survival for females is lower than for than for males at one year, and similar to at five years.

Leukaemia Age-Standardised One-, Five- and Ten-Year Net Survival, Adults (Aged 15-99), England, 2013-2017

The bar chart shows one- and five-year net survival and predicted ten-year net survival, with 95% confidence intervals. Open a glossary item
 

Leukaemia survival continues to fall beyond five years after diagnosis. 40.8% of males and 41.7% of females are predicted to survive their disease for ten years or more, as shown by age-standardised net survival for patients diagnosed with leukaemia during 2013-2017 in England.[1]

References

  1. Office for National Statistics, Cancer survival by stage at diagnosis for England, 2019.

About this data

Data is for England, 2013 - 2017, ICD-10 C67.

Survival statistics give an overall picture of survival and the survival time experienced by an individual patient may be much higher or lower, depending on specific patient and tumour characteristics.

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Five-year survival for leukaemia (all subtypes combined) is generally higher in younger men and women, decreasing with increasing age. Five-year net survival in men ranges from 74% in 40-49 year-olds to 29% in 80-99 year-olds for patients diagnosed with leukaemia in England during 2009-2013.[1] In women, five-year survival ranges from 70% in those aged under 50 to 23% in 80-99 year olds.

Leukaemia (C91-C95), Five-Year Net Survival by Age, England, 2009-2013

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As with most cancers, survival for leukaemia is improving. Some of the increase is likely to be attributable to changes in the diagnosis, classification and registration of leukaemia, so interpretation of these trends should be undertaken with caution.

One-year age-standardised Open a glossary item net survival for leukaemia (all subtypes combined) in men has increased from 35% during 1971-1972 to 71% during 2010-2011 in England and Wales – an absolute survival difference Open a glossary item of 36 percentage points.[1] In women, one-year survival has increased from 33% to 66% over the same time period (a difference of 34 percentage points).

Leukaemia (C91-C95), Age-Standardised One-Year Net Survival, Adults (Aged 15-99), England and Wales, 1971-2011

Five-year age-standardised net survival for leukaemia in men has increased from 13% during 1971-1972 to a predicted survival of 54% during 2010-2011 in England and Wales – an absolute survival difference of 41 percentage points.[1] In women, five-year survival has increased from 13% to 49% over the same time period (a difference of 36 percentage points).

Leukaemia (C91-C95), Age-Standardised Five-Year Net Survival, Adults (Aged 15-99), England and Wales, 1971-2011

Five-year survival for 2010-2011 is predicted using an excess hazard statistical model

Ten-year survival has followed the same trend as one- and five-year survival since the early 1970s. Ten-year age-standardised net survival for leukaemia in men has increased from 7% during 1971-1972 to a predicted survival of 48% during 2010-2011 in England and Wales – an absolute survival difference of 41 percentage points.[1] In women, ten-year survival has increased from 7% to 44% over the same time period (a difference of 37 percentage points). Overall, more than 4 in 10 people diagnosed with leukaemia today are predicted to survive their disease for at least ten years.

Leukaemia (C91-C95), Age-Standardised Ten-Year Net Survival, Adults (Aged 15-99), England and Wales, 1971-2011

Ten-year survival for 2005-2006 and 2010-2011 is predicted using an excess hazard statistical model

References

  1. Data were provided by London School of Hygiene and Tropical  Medicine on request, 2014.

About this data

Data is for: England and Wales, 1971-2011, ICD-10 C91-C95

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