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Steady rise in cancer survival rates

Published söndag 16 juni 2013 kl 16.22
Discivering cancers earlier has helped survival rates rise. Photo: Dan Hansson/Scanpix.

More people are surviving cancer in Sweden. News agency TT has seen new statistics that show a steady rise in cancer survival rates.

Taking all 200 types of cancer as a whole, 72.5 per cent of males and 71 per cent of females survive five years after a cancer diagnosis. This is the 2011 figures, which are up from 66.9 and 67.3 per cent in 2007.

The figures are collected by the Swedish Cancer Society and the National Board of Health and Welfare.

Jan Zedenius at the Karolinska Institute says that people are more aware, and so cancers are being discovered at an earlier stage. Plus there are new treatments and medicines available.

The best five-year survival rate is 90 per cent, for those with chronic myelogenous leukemia. Jan Zedenius says that new medicines have caused a “revolution” in the treatment of this form of cancer.

And the good news is set to continue, says Zedenius: “I can promise that we will keep on seeing a steady improvement.”

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