There are some cancers which have seen remarkable progress in survivability but others that are just as deadly as they were 40 years ago. Together they now make up half of all common cancer deaths in the UK.
Despite this, in 2019 our report Less survivable cancers: the next research priority found that research into the 6 less survivable cancers received dramatically less funding over the previous decade than other common cancers.
This radical new taskforce represents the ‘less survivable cancers’, lung, liver, brain, oesophageal, pancreatic and stomach, all with a five year survival rate of less than 30% due to a legacy of neglect and underfunding.
5-year net survival rates of common cancers by UK country (England, Wales, Scotland and N. Ireland). Analysis and compilation of data for the graphics were performed from data extracted from the following UK cancer registries:
Office for National Statistics, ONS. Cancer survival in England, Wales Cancer Intelligence Network, WCIN. Stats and Data for cancer in Wales, Scotland, ISD. Cancer Statistics in Scotland, Registry, N. Ireland. Official Statistics Northern Ireland, Official Statistics Northern Ireland
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