Cancer researchers change focus28th November 2008
Researchers have said that cancer survival rates have "doubled" over the past 30 years but the increased rates "have not been evenly spread".
A five-year strategy aimed at boosting research into lung, pancreatic and oesophageal cancer - three of the deadliest cancers - was launched on 27 November.
The campaign will receive funding of £300 million. Harpal Kumar, chief executive of Cancer Research UK, said the charity wanted to ensure as many people survived as possible.
"Huge progress has been made in beating cancer over the past 30 years. But progress has been faster in some areas than in others. Our strategy is about doing those things we think will make the biggest difference over the next 15-20 years."
Breast cancer survival rates (for ten years) stand at 70% for women. Testicular, melanoma and Hodgkin's disease have 80% 10-year survival rates.
However, only 5% of people who have lung, pancreatic or oesophageal cancer stay alive for the same period.
Lung cancer follows breast cancer as the second most prevalent cancer in the UK. It causes the most deaths - 34,000 annually.
Mr Kumar said: "In these three cancers there has been a degree of defeatism. Researchers have said they are not sure they can improve survival so we won't try. We say there is progress we can make."
Cancer Research spent £13m on research into lung cancer, compared to £45 million which was given to fund research into breast cancer.
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Title: Cancer researchers change focus
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 9396
Date Added: 28th Nov 2008