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Long term cancer survival rates double in England and Wales in past 40 years

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 12 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3750
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    Cancer experts have welcomed news that long term survival rates from some cancers have doubled over the past 40 years.

    People given a diagnosis of breast, bowel, or ovarian cancer or non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are now twice as likely to survive for at least 10 years as people with these diagnoses in the early 1970s.

    Several factors, including faster diagnosis, better surgery, more effective radiotherapy, personalised treatment, and new drugs, have helped lead to the improvements in survival.

    The figures, released this week by the charity Cancer Research UK, show that the proportion of women considered likely to survive breast cancer for at least 10 years rose from 38.9% in …

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