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New national data shows continuing improvement in cancer survival rates

26th August 2014

New analysis of national cancer staging data for England has underlined the progress being made in combating common forms of cancer.

A comparison of all-stage relative survival in 2012 with a baseline of 2004 to 2007 shows increasing survival across all cancer types, including prevalent forms such as breast, lung, prostate, colorectal and ovarian cancer.

High-quality, comparable staging data is now available on more than 80 percent of all cases of the most common cancers for the whole of the country, meaning England's National Cancer Registration Service is among the most advanced of its kind in the world.

It is thought that the availability of accurate staging data on so many cases has permitted a more robust analysis of stage-specific survival, improving the overall standard of care provision.

Sean Duffy, national clinical director for cancer at NHS England, said: "This report shows we cannot underestimate the importance of early diagnosis … We will continue to do all we can to keep improving for the benefit of all cancer patients."

This comes after a Cancer Research UK study earlier this month showed that death rates for the UK's top four cancer killers have fallen by almost one-third in the last two decades.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801744509-ADNFCR

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