First-year survival rates for cancer have risen to nearly 75% , figures from NHS England revealed today.
The one-year cancer survival index looks at survival rates in 2020 compared to 2005, it found overall first-year survival rates had risen by nearly 9%.
These figures therefore suggest that three in four people survive their first year after being diagnosed with some cancers having even higher survival rates.
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For example, the one-year breast cancer survival rate is now 97% while bowl cancer has a survival rate of 80%.
Health minister, Helen Whately said: ‘ These figures are highly encouraging and support those released earlier this year which show improved survival rates across almost all types of cancer. They are evidence of the great strides being made by the NHS, scientists and our incredible cancer charities.’
NHS England also published statistics in February showing that 5-year survival rates had also improved for most cancer, with child cancer survival rates up to more than 86%.
‘We are laser focused on fighting cancer on all fronts - prevention, diagnosis, treatment, research and funding - and have opened over 94 ‘one stop shops’ so people can have quicker access to tests, scans and checks. We are also taking a vaccine taskforce style approach to cancer research to develop new immune-based cancer therapies, including cancer vaccines, as well as producing a major conditions strategy,’ said Whately.
Since July 2021, the diagnostic centres have delivered 3.3 million checks, tests and