Survival rates for four of the most common cancers have fallen, official data suggests – The Sun
SURVIVAL rates for four of the most common cancers have fallen, official data suggests.
It shows the chances of being alive five years after diagnosis for breast, bowel, prostate or bladder tumours are worse than in 2013.
Campaigners said the survival figures from the Office for National Statistics are “really worrying”.
Women diagnosed with breast cancer between 2013 and 2017 had an 85 per cent chance of beating the disease.
It compares with 85.6 per cent for those treated between 2009 and 2013. Similar dips have been seen in chances of beating prostate and bowel cancer in the past four years.
But the most dramatic drop in survival rates has been for bladder tumours, which have fallen to 52.6 per cent from 56.2 per cent since 2013.
Dr Fran Woodard, executive director of policy at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “One and five-year survival rates for many cancers, including three of the most common — breast, colon and prostate — are at a standstill.
“In addition, the five-year survival rate for bladder cancer appears to be getting worse. This stall is really worrying.”
Officials said the latest ONS data is an estimation, and more than four in five breast and prostate cancer patients are alive five years after diagnosis.
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