29 October 2013
Responding to the latest cancer survival statistics in England released by the Office of National Statistics today1, Mike Hobday, Director of Policy and Research at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
'It is disappointing to see survival rates for some rarer cancers still lagging behind the majority of the most common types. People with pancreatic cancer still have the lowest chance (5%) of surviving five years after diagnosis. Whilst those with colorectal cancer (57%) are around 11 times more likely to be alive at least five years later.
'Every cancer patient should expect the very best chances of survival – no matter what type of the disease they have. It is vital that the variation between cancer types continues to be monitored and reported at a national level. We also need further research to allow us to better understand the reasons for these inequalities in cancer survival so that we can take action to address them.'
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Claire Keuls, Senior Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
077363 03111 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
1 Office for National Statistics (2013) Cancer Survival in England: Patients Diagnosed 2007-2011 and Followed up to 2012
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