4 February 2016: World Cancer Day

On behalf of Attwaters Jameson Hill posted on Sunday, December 11th, 2016

When you think about cancer it needn't all be doom and gloom. Statistics show that cancer survival is improving and has doubled in the last 40 years in the UK. Half of people diagnosed with cancer in England and Wales now survive their disease for ten years or more. However early diagnosis is extremely important and along with appropriate treatment can massively increase your chance of survival. Research has shown that the survival rate for people with eight of the most common cancers is more than

When you think about cancer it needn’t all be doom and gloom. Statistics show that cancer survival is improving and has doubled in the last 40 years in the UK. Half of people diagnosed with cancer in England and Wales now survive their disease for ten years or more. However early diagnosis is extremely important and along with appropriate treatment can massively increase your chance of survival. Research has shown that the survival rate for people with eight of the most common cancers is more than three times higher when the disease is diagnosed early.

To put that into context:

· More than 90% of women diagnosed with breast cancer at the earliest stage survive their disease for at least 5 years compared to around 15% for women diagnosed with the most advanced stage of disease.

· More than 90% of women diagnosed with the earliest stage ovarian cancer survive their disease for at least 5 years compared to around 5% for women diagnosed with the most advanced stage of disease.

· More than 9 in 10 bowel cancer patients will survive the disease for more than 5 years if diagnosed at the earliest stage.

· Around 70% of lung cancer patients will survive for at least a year if diagnosed at the earliest stage compared to around 14% for people diagnosed with the most advanced stage of disease.

We need to be proactive in our approach to cancer. However daunting, or maybe even unnecessary, it feels to have a smear test or a mammogram, it should not be put off. It is up to all of us to do our bit to help spot cancer early by being aware of any changes in our bodies and reporting them promptly to the GP. Be cancer smart this World Cancer Day.

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