NHS Digital releases cancer survival stats

NHS Digital has released its latest cancer survival stats, showing an increase in five-year survival rates for children.

The stats, which show that the five-year rate increased for 0-14 year-olds from 79.9 per cent in 2022 to 85.2 per cent in 2019 – the highest ever recorded level – were released last week and coincided with World Cancer Day.

There were similar increases for the same age group and time span across one-year survival – 89.7 per cent to 93.2 per cent – and 10-year survival rates – 74.6 per cent to 81.9 per cent.

NHS Digital also shared a full publication of cancer survival rates data – which comes from the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (NCRAS) – for patients in England, who were diagnosed between 2015 and 2019.

Additionally, the organisation noted that ‘deprivation breakdowns’ had been included in the report for this time, showing that ‘the net survival rate was lowest in the most deprived area and highest in the least deprived’.

For cancer survivability in adults, NHS Digital says that skin cancer had the highest five-year age ‘standardised net survival rate’ at 94.8 per cent, while pancreatic cancer (7.8 per cent) and mesothelioma (6.3 per cent) had the lowest.

Find the full report by NHS Digital online here.