Cancer survival rates increase

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CANCER survival rates have improved by 3.7 per cent across the South East in ten years, figures show.

The study showed 66.4 per cent of people diagnosed with cancer in the region beat the illness in 2009 compared to 62.7 per cent in 2001.

Within Sussex, the rate is 65.2 per cent in West Sussex (up from 61.6 per cent in 1996) and 64.5 per cent in East Sussex Downs and Weald (up from 59.4 per cent in 1996).

South East MEP Catherine Bearder said during a recent visit to the Southampton Cancer Research UK Centre: “The rise in cancer survival rates is a reflection on the brilliant work of organisations such as Cancer Research UK.

“I was impressed by the centre and admire the team’s perseverance in continuing to make breakthroughs in treatment.”

However, it also emerged how the UK still lags behind many European countries when it comes to cancer survival rates.

The European Partnership for Action Against Cancer has existed for two years with the aim of taking action at EU level to control cancer rates.