Lung cancer survival rates are 'lagging' in the UK


A ask of 150 lung specialists, presented in a new report by the Coalition, found that two thirds believed that the most grave factor for improving five-year survival rates was ensuring tients accepted an early diagnosis.

But a se rate survey of 100 lung cancer tients or their carers set up that 36 per cent waited more than a month for a through diagnosis – and 17 per cent waited over two months.

Meanwhile, 43 per cent of resolutes said they waited for more than a month for the initiation of treatment after a diagnosis was sanctioned.

Lung cancer has been the UK’s biggest cancer killer for the st decade, the account states.

It adds that lung cancer has one of the lowest survival results of any cancer type.

The Coalition has challenged governments across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to improve five year survival rates to 25 per cent by 2025.

In England at most 16 per cent of tients who are diagnosed with lung cancer are breathing five years after diagnosis, the report states.

Just 9.8 per cent of Scots identified with lung cancer live for five years and 6.6 per cent of Welsh tients credulous for five years, it adds.

In Northern Ireland, 10.5 per cent of tients are aware five years after diagnosis, according to the document.

The report prime movers make a series of recommendations on how to improve survival rates including an audit of cancer lacuna times.

Professor Mick Peake, chairman of the Coalition’s clinical warning group, said: “The highest five-year survival rate across the UK is currently augured to be 16 per cent in tients diagnosed in 2013 in England, which is effectively enlarge what it was in 2005 when the UKLCC was established.

“However, we cannot be complacent. Lung cancer survival calculates across the UK still lag severely behind our European counter rts and com re amateurishly with other major common cancer types.“

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