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New study shows improving lung cancer survival rates

20th December 2013

New data for England has revealed that one-year survival rates among lung cancer patients have seen a significant improvement.

Data from Public Health England's National Cancer Intelligence Network showed almost 720,000 people were diagnosed with lung cancer in England between 1990 and 2011. Almost twice as many patients are alive a year after diagnosis now than was the case in 1990.

The number of male lung cancer diagnoses declined over the course of this period, but the number of cases among women increased, due to a rise in smoking habits among females.

It was also noted that the recent Be Clear On Cancer Campaign led to around 700 extra patients being diagnosed with lung cancer, resulting in around 300 more patients getting surgery. This will provide them with the best chance of prolonged survival.

Professor Kevin Fenton, director of health and wellbeing at Public Health England, said: "This is fantastic news and we must do more and work with NHS England to work towards earlier diagnosis and better outcomes."

This comes after a report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre recently revealed that surgery is increasingly being used to treat common lung cancers.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801675232-ADNFCR

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