October 7, 2008

Survival Are Rates Now Better

PEOPLE with stomach or gut cancer are 40 per cent more likely to survive a year after diagnosis than they were 20 years ago, researchers said today.

Early diagnosis has helped improve survival rates, from 27 per cent for stomach cancer in the 1980s to 38 per cent in the 2000s.

One-year survival rates for oesophageal cancer have risen from 25 per cent to 36 per cent over the same period, the figures for England showed.

Both cancers can be hard to diagnose as the symptoms can be confused with other conditions.

Better treatment options, including surgery by experts in specialist centres and the introduction of chemotherapy for advanced disease, have also played a part in increasing the survival rates.

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