New UK report shows increase in length of cancer survival

1 August 2016

People with cancer in the UK are generally surviving for longer after being diagnosed, according to a new report.

New research released by Macmillan Cancer Support and Public Health England has indicated that more than 170,000 people are living with cancer in the UK who were diagnosed in the 1970s and 1980s.

It means people are now twice as likely to survive at least ten years after being diagnosed with cancer than they were at the start of the 1970s, thanks in part to earlier diagnosis and the availability of more refined treatment.

However, the report also showed that around 625,000 people in the UK are estimated to be facing poor health or disability after treatment for cancer, with potential long-term side effects including chronic fatigue, incontinence and sexual difficulties.

Jane Maher, chief medical officer at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: "With so many people alive today who were diagnosed with cancer in the 1970s and 1980s, it's clear that having cancer is no longer necessarily the death sentence it once was."

The number of people living with cancer in the UK is set to grow from 2.5 million people to four million by 2030, meaning more people than ever will need long-term health support.

Posted by Edward Bartel

 


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