Cancer Survival Trends in Wales, 1985-2004
The Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit (WCISU) have published cancer survival trends in Wales for the period 1985-2004 for the most common cancers in Wales (published 31st July 2010). All cases have been followed up to 31st December 2008.
Observed and relative survival rates (%) are produced for one year, three years, five years and ten years from diagnosis (where available). For rarer cancers, one year, five year and ten year survival rates are shown. Four five-year diagnosis periods were examined: 1985-1989, 1990-1994, 1995-1999 and 2000-2004. Age standardised survival was only possible for all malignancies excluding non melanoma skin cancer and female breast cancer.
In general, survival is improving for the majority of cancer sites examined with approximately 46% of males surviving five years from diagnosis in the period 2000-2004 compared to 31% in the period 1985-1989 with females increasing from 45% in 1985-1989 to 53% in 2000-2004. The majority of these increases can be attributed to prostate cancer for males which has increased from 45% in 1985-1989 to 78% in 2000-2004 and for breast cancer in females which has increased from 66% in 1985-1989 to 82% in 2000-2004.
Last updated: 28/09/2010