In general – the 5-year survival rate of lung cancer for patients in the UK is slowly improving. The latest data released by the UK Public Health National Cancer Intelligence Network – recently said that lung cancer patients almost doubled their lives more than 12 months (2011 figure) compared to those who were diagnosed with lung cancer in 1990 .
Early diagnosis and better treatment are seen behind these new figures – it is explained. And, even though the incidence of lung cancer in men has seen decreased – they have increased in women. Since the 1970s, lung cancer diagnosed in women has increased by around 73%, whereas in men in the same period it has decreased by 47% (mainly due to smoking trends that differ between men and women [women smoke more) . day]).
Although there has been an increase in early diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer, it is still the number 1 killer in the UK, and the second most common cancer diagnosed after breast cancer. However, Dr. Mick Peake, of the National Cancer Intelligence Network revealed the following figures:
17% of 1990 lung cancer patients still live one year after being first diagnosed with this disease (compared to 29% of men, and 33% of women in 2010). However, there seems to be a slight change in the overall 5-year survival rate which still hovers around the 10% -11% figure.
Smoking is still considered the main cause that kills around 28,000 of the 35,000 who die every year in the UK from lung cancer.
Apart from early detection of disease, one of the major improvements to the short-term one-year rate appears to be due to an increase in care, such as biological therapies that have been designed to help stop cancer cell metastasis. , and a newly developed technique that allows cancer cells to be frozen – cryotherapy.
The most frequent treatment depends on the stage where the disease is diagnosed in the patient, along with other factors as well. For example: age, gender, health, and patient history are all important factors that help decide which treatments are more suitable (each individual will be accessed one by one, like what might work for one, may not work for another [ general guidelines will apply]).
Dr. Mick Peake, of the National Cancer Intelligence Network, said “This report shows that we are gradually making a breakthrough in increasing the general cancer survival rate; however, there is much more to be done for lung cancer patients with the majority still dying in one year of diagnosis. “
It was also commented on by Nick Ormiston-Smith, chief statistical officer of Cancer Research U.K, that “This is good news that lung cancer in men has fallen by more than a third since the early 1990s.”
He further went on to talk about trends in lung cancer incidence reflecting past trends in smoking, where many men actually quit smoking during the 1950s and so on, which in his words, said “we now see an impact positive than that, but unfortunately this fall doesn’t happen to women until later, etc. “
Although, the one-year survival rate is now approaching those of other countries, where previously – historically they have shown better results, smoking by young people is still seen as a problem (better awareness among young people must be become a priority).
However, a recent campaign that advocated “anyone” who had coughs for more than 3 days to check, was credited with taking more than 700 additional disease cases ( compared to the cases taken in a similar campaign during 2011).