The cancers left behind
Back in the 1970’s just 1 in 4 people diagnosed with cancer would survive. These days, thanks mainly to research, that figure has doubled and now over half of us will survive. For some cancers the survival rate is extremely high, 98% of men who get testicular cancer can be cured and 78% of women diagnosed with breast cancer survive for over ten years after diagnosis. But there is huge variation in survival between cancer types and some cancers, including stomach, brain, oesophageal, lung and pancreatic cancers the ten year survival is less than 20%. In this week’s blog Dr Helen Rippon, Head of Research, explains why.