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Half of cancer patients will live more than a decade

Published on 29/04/2014

An estimated 50% of all cancer sufferers in England and Wales now survive the illness for at least a decade, statistics reveal.

Better treatment is helping cancer patients live longer

The rate of survival has almost doubled since 1971-2, where just 24% of patients lived for more than a decade and 50% of sufferers died within 12 months.

Improved treatments and therapies combined with greater awareness leading to earlier screening and diagnosis are all thought to have contributed to the improvement.

The investigation was conducted by Cancer Research UK, the charity aim to increase the number living for a decade or more to 75% in the next 20 years.

The findings bring hope as developing cancer need no longer be seen as the ‘death sentence’ it once was and researchers suggest a ‘tipping point’ has been found.

However, whilst cancer survival rates improve, many experience a loss of income and struggle to adapt financially to the disease.

According to Macmillan four out of five patients are dealt with an average cost of £570 a month to deal with their illness – many suffer from a loss of income and travel costs to and from the hospital as well as lifestyle changes all add up to hundreds of pounds.

With one on three of us developing cancer in our lifetimes, an income protection insurance policy could support you when you need it the most. Income protection pays you a monthly tax-free benefit if you are unable to work due to accident or injury.

It can pay you up until retirement age or your return to work enabling you to focus on your recovery without worrying about the financial impact of cancer.

Speaking on the findings, the Department of Health issued a statement sharing sentiments made by Cancer Research UK to improve survival rates even more.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health said: “We share Cancer Research UK's aspirations for the UK to be the best place in the world to survive cancer.

"We have seen significant improvements in some cancer survival rates, with new and innovative research and earlier diagnosis at the heart of this upward trend."

Compare income protection insurance policies to prevent a loss of income if you develop cancer and provide a safety net whilst you focus on recovery.

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