It sometimes feels as though we're bombarded with depressing stats about cancer:
- 200 types
- 331,000 people diagnosed in the UK in 2011. That's...
- 910 people diagnosed every day
- One person diagnosed every two minutes
- More than one in three in the UK will develop cancer in their lifetime
- Cancer causes more than one in four of all UK deaths
Sadly, the reality is that we'll all be affected by the disease in one way or another. Whether it's a parent, a grandparent, a friend, a colleague or even yourself, cancer is all around us and sometimes it can feel like there's little to be positive about.
But that's all changing thanks to the latest news from Cancer Research UK, who have given hope that we could finally be kicking cancer to the curb after the news that up to half of those diagnosed will now live for 10 years. That's double the amount of people since 1970, with 50% of cancer patients surviving for just one year and only a quarter living for 10, all thanks to the amazing progress in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
Thanks to new treatments as well as earlier diagnosis and screening, half of those diagnosed with cancer will survive at least a decade
And that's not all. Cancer Research UK, who carried out the research, wants to aim even higher, with ambitions to see 10-year survival hit 75% in the next 20 years. Harpal Kumar, chief executive of Cancer Research UK, believes this is a really positive time for research.
‘We know more about cancer than we ever have before. ‘We think the knowledge we have gained over the last 20 years puts us in a fantastic position to accelerate that progress. We want to see things move even faster from here on. We want three-quarters of people who hear those words, "you have cancer" also to hear the words, "but don't worry - you will be fine,"' he said.
And wouldn't that be an incredible achievement? For something that affects so many of us in so many ways, it's comforting to read some positive news and that so much is going into giving this evil disease the boot.
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