Cancer survival rate doubles since 70’s

A cancer charity in the UK has released findings from a study of survival trends over the last 40 years showing that people diagnosed with breast, bowel and ovarian cancers, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are twice as likely to survive at least 10 years after diagnosis compared to people diagnosed in the early 70’s.

The study analyzed survival trends for common cancers in England and Wales over the last 40 years.

[Cancer Research]’s chief clinician, Prof Peter Johnson, told the press that faster diagnosis, improved surgery, and better radiotherapy and new drugs are the main reasons for the success….better support and care for patients undergoing chemotherapy has also helped improve survival, they said.

Read the full article on Medical News Today to see the change in survival rates for each specific cancer type.

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