In order to measure the improvements of survival rates in cancer i took statistics from the office of National Statistics for twenty major cancer for both males and females.
It is the 10 year aged standardized relative survival % for adults for the years 1991 to 2001 and 2001 and 2011 the aim is to provide a comparison of the two periods to see how much cancer survival rate has improved and examine the factors behind them.
The figure below shows the survival rate for women diagnosed with the twenty major cancers. The Horizontal axis shows the various cancers and the vertical axis shows the survival rate in %. Different cancers would obviously have different survival rates due to the various severity of the conditions and how difficult it can be treated.
There are Two graphs the first is for the ten year period of 1991 to 2001. The second is for the period of 2001 to 2011. Later i will make a comparison of the two periods.
I generated the graph showing the highest survival rate to the lowest survival rate. In the graphs below we can see that in both decades breast cancer has the highest survival rate. In both decades, breast cancer has the highest survival rate with 72% surviving for 10 years in the decade of 1991 to 2001 and 77.5 in the decade of 2001 to 2001.
The lowest survival for the period 1991 t0 2001 is pancreatic cancer at 2.4, which is around the same for men.
Note: The statistics here shows the survival rate for each type of cancer. It does not measure the quality of life, which would require another set of figures.