September 27, 2008

More of Us Are Beating the Big C

More people are being diagnosed with cancer in Wales, but an increased number are surviving, according to a new report.

The Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit (WCISU) has published figures from between 1992 and 2006.

The statistics show that the number of cancer sufferers surviving five years after diagnosis have increased by almost seven per cent points for males and more than three per cent for females.

Welsh chief medical officer Tony Jewel said: "This data shows how the significant investment in early diagnosis and treatment and our efforts on prevention, including raising awareness of how lifestyle changes can reduce people's risk of developing cancer, is helping improve the outcome for patients.

"However, there is much more to do to further reduce the incidence of cancer."

The most common cancer diagnosed in men over the period covered by the report is prostate cancer, with breast cancer coming highest for women.

Survival rates for both cancers have increased significantly, with 92.5 per cent of women now surviving at least one year after breast cancer diagnosis.

The figure for prostate cancer is lower, at 85.3 per cent between 1997 and 2001.

Dr Jewel added: "This month, the vaccine against the human papilloma virus, which can cause cervical cancer, gets underway and next month, the screening programme for bowel cancer will begin to be phased in.

"Coupled with this, the introduction of the ban on smoking in enclosed public places has reduced the risk to non-smokers of second- hand smoke."

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