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Long term survival rates of cancer double

13th July 2010

Information released by Cancer Research UK has shown the number of long-term survivors of certain cancers has doubled since 1970.

Patients with ovarian, bowel or breast cancer or non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma have double the likelihood of surviving for at least a decade than people in the early 1970s. The data showed that the number of female patients who were "considered likely to survive breast cancer for at least 10 years" increased from 38.9% in 1971/2 to 77% in 2007 and the "proportion of people likely to survive bowel cancer" increased from 23% to 50%.


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