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More of us will survive cancer, suggests figures

MORE PEOPLE in England and Wales are surviving cancer, figures reveal.

The analysis, which show half of the people diagnosed with cancer, will live at least for decade, credited the improvement to new treatments and earlier diagnosis and screening.

The results are a vast improvement from the 1970s. In 1971-2, 50 per cent of people diagnosed with cancer died within a year, now 50 per cent survive for at least a decade - up from 24 per cent in 1971-2.

But the findings, based on the outcomes for more than 7 million patients, also showed that for some cancers, survival rates were still very low.

For example, just one per cent of pancreatic cancer patients and five per cent of lung cancer patients can expect to survive for 10 years.

But Cancer Research UK, which carried out the research, said though there was progress, there needs to be more ambitious aims.

The charity promised to increase investment in research by half within the next decade.

Its UK chief executive Dr Harpal Kumar told the BBC: "I don't think we would ever have expected to achieve what we have. We're gradually reversing the tide on this devastating disease.

"But many people still do not survive - we must tackle that."

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