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Cancer patients are up to a fifth more likely to survive their battle with the disease depending on where in England they live, new figures suggest.

Data from 1.2 million diagnoses reveals just 58.1 per cent of women diagnosed with cervical cancer in the North survived five years.

In comparison, three quarters of those who received the same devastating news in London were still alive five years later. 

The Government statistics, released today, provide a clear breakdown of survival rates between different regions of the country.

Data from 1.2 million diagnoses reveals just 58.1 per cent of women diagnosed with cervical cancer in the North survived five years. In comparison, three quarters of those who received the same devastating news in London were still alive five years later

All diagnoses made between 2011 and 2015 for 14 types of cancer were tracked by the team at the Office for National Statistics.

They then calculated an average one- and five-year survival rate for the North, South, Midlands and London, as well as for individual STPs.

These markers are frequently used to give patients a rough understanding of how likely they are to survive their battle.

HOW LIKELY ARE YOU TO SURVIVE YOUR CANCER BATTLE 5 YEARS AFTER DIAGNOSIS? (%)
BLADDER COLON COLORECTUM KIDNEY LUNG MYELOMA NON-HODGKIN
North 57 58.6 59.5 60.4 15.1 50.8 64.5
Midlands 55.9 59 59.9 58.4 14.3 50.8 66.9
London 51.2 60 59.8 66.4 16.8 55.3 68.4
South 56.6 60.8 62.3 61.6 15.5 51 68.2
HOW LIKELY ARE YOU TO SURVIVE YOUR CANCER BATTLE 5 YEARS AFTER DIAGNOSIS? (%)
OESOPHAGUS RECTUM STOMACH BREAST CERVIX PROSTATE UTERUS
North 16.3 60.8 20.9 85.8 58.1 86.4 76.1
Midlands 15.7 61.5 17.2 85.7 74.1 89.4 77.4
London 17.5 60.2 24.8 85 75 89.9 73.4
South 18 64.4 22.4 87.1 74.9 88.4 78
Cancer patients are up to a fifth more likely to survive their battle with the disease depending on where in England they live

Cancer patients are up to a fifth more likely to survive their battle with the disease depending on where in England they live

PROSTATE CANCER

It showed a big difference between prostate cancer survival rates across the country. Around 47,000 men are diagnosed with it each year in the UK.

In Northamptonshire, 91.6 per cent of men can expect to reach the five year mark, compared to just 81.3 per cent of those in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

UTERUS CANCER 

A slightly larger gap existed for cancer of the uterus – with Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly this time having the best survival rates.

The analysis showed 84.5 per cent of victims in the southern region of England can expect to survive for five years after being diagnosed.

However, in West, North and East Cumbria just 69.7 per cent of patients will reach the five-year mark.

CERVICAL CANCER 

Lancashire and South Cumbria reported the best life expectancy rates for cervical cancer patients, with 78.5 per cent surviving five years.

Revealed: How badly the UK fares in terms of survival rates for several forms of cancer, compared to 70 other countries

Revealed: How badly the UK fares in terms of survival rates for several forms of cancer, compared to 70 other countries

However, Sussex and East Surrey had the lowest confirmed rates at just 66.3 per cent. Scores of authorities were unable to reveal their rate. 

LUNG CANCER 

For lung cancer, the deadliest form of the disease in the UK, there was an 8.4 per cent gap between the best and worst performing areas of the country.

In West, North and East Cumbria, 10.4 per cent of patients can expect to survive for five years.

By comparison, the rate was 18.8 per cent for Frimley Heath, responsible for health services in parts of Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire.

BREAST CANCER 

Frimley Heath also topped the charts for breast cancer, with 90.3 per cent of such patients surviving for five years.

At the other end of the scale came Mid and South Sussex and North East London, both of which recorded five-year survival rates of 82.7 per cent. 

The new data follows a report that found thousands of British cancer patients are dying early because NHS survival rates are trailing behind the rest of the world.

The largest study of cancer survival ever conducted, published in The Lancet, put the UK towards the bottom of global league tables for several common cancers.

Health charities called for urgent action to close the ‘appalling’ and ‘unacceptable’ gulf with other nations, blaming slow diagnosis and poor treatment. 

While British cancer survival has improved slightly over the past 20 years, the country is being left behind by huge advances in other countries.  

REVEALED: HOW WOMEN ARE 13% LESS LIKELY TO SURVIVE BLADDER CANCER THAN MEN

The Office for National Statistics data also reveals a stark divide in survival rates for men and women suffering various forms of cancer.

For bladder cancer, just 47.3 per cent of women can expect to be alive five years after diagnosis. In contrast, 60.1 per cent of men will live that long. 

What about other cancers? (bold highlights the higher survival rates)

CANCER TYPE

Colon

Colorectum

Kidney

Lung

Myeloma

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Oesophagus

Rectum

Stomach 

MEN 5-YEAR RATES

59.6%

60.8%

60.2%

13.1%

51.9%

64.9%

16.5%

62.4%

20.3% 

WOMEN 5-YEAR RATES

59.3%

60.1%

62%

17.5%

50.8%

69.4%

17.4%

61.6%

23.5% 



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