Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that survival continues to vary widely between different types of cancer.
Over 96 per cent of men diagnosed in England in 2000-2004 with cancer of the testis survived five years, as did 81 per cent of women diagnosed with breast cancer. In contrast, five-year survival from lung cancer was less than 7 per cent for men and just over 8 per cent for women.
The report, produced jointly with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, shows that for most cancers five-year survival varied by one per cent or less compared to figures for patients diagnosed during 1999-2003, improving slightly for about half of the 21 most common cancers.
Health insurance: News update: December 2008