Continued scientific advancement means cancer treatment is becoming more effective, according to a new study.
Figures released by Cancer Research UK show despite an increase in the prevalence of cancer the number of people dying from the diseases is falling and the current treatments are making more people than ever survive cancer.
The charity believes diagnostic screening is particularly important as early diagnosis is imperative to ensuring cancer survival figures continue to rise.
Professor Peter Johnson, chief clinician at Cancer Research UK, said: "We have had great success in reducing the death rate from many types of cancer in the last decade."
Yet, he stressed that more work could still be done to improve the diagnostic methods and treatments for some types of the disease.
The figures show that 22 per cent of all deaths associated with the disease can be attributed to lung cancer and 90 per cent of these deaths are linked to smoking.