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Diagnosing cancer early is vital, new figures show

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 13 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3277
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

The survival of patients with specific types of cancer, especially lung and ovarian cancer, is substantially lower when diagnosed at a later stage than when diagnosed at an early stage, figures from the Office for National Statistics and Public Health England have shown.1

The bulletin, Cancer Survival by Stage at Diagnosis for England, includes the average one year survival rate of nine cancer types from 2012 to 2014. This is based on the number of people who die within one year of diagnosis: a figure of 100% denotes the same number of deaths as that of the general population, whereas a figure of 50% shows twice as many deaths as in the …

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