Lung cancer survival rates are slowly improving in England, it has been revealed.
One year and five year survival rates have increased for both men and women, according to the Cancer Survival by Cancer Network in England report published by the Office of National Statistics.
The report, which covers patients who were diagnosed between 1996 and 2009, shows:
*Average one year survival in men has increased from 28% in 2005 to 28.8% in 2009
*Average one year survival for women has increased from 29% to 32.1%
*Average 5 year survival for men has increased from 6.6% in 2001 to 7.3% in 2005
*Average 5 year survival for women has increased from 8.2% to 8.8%
We are pleased to see that lung cancer survival rates in England are moving in the right direction and are slowly improving.
This may be for a variety of reasons including the fact that more people are being diagnosed earlier, when treatment options, such as surgery, are still an option.
By promoting the importance of early diagnosis and running awareness campaigns about the signs and symptoms of lung cancer, we hope to see the survival rates continue to increase year on year.
However, there is no room for complacency as lung cancer remains the biggest cancer killer and, despite this recent improvement, survival rates are pitifully low compared to other cancers.
You can view the full report by clicking on this link to our website roycastle.org/news-and-camp...