A healthy lifestyle, increased awareness, and more widespread vaccination and screening have great potential to reduce the risk and rate of cancer
After centuries of pioneering research, cancer’s ability to elude efforts to tame its malignant complexity are failing. With survival rates in the UK doubling over the last 40 years - 50 per cent of adults diagnosed in 2010-11 are expected to live ten years or longer - talk of a cancer-free future is bold but justified. This report examines reducing the risk of cancer, the importance of early diagnosis, the history of cancer, patient experience in the UK and new developments in treatments, from biomarkers to immunotherapy research, which place a milestone breakthrough within reach
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The history of cancer reveals a slow and painful progression towards modern treatments which at last seem to be gathering momentum
How well does the UK diagnose and treat cancer – and is there a postcode lottery with regional variations in the quality of care?
Scientists, researchers and clinicians are being urged to put aside fierce competition and protectionism to join forces in the fight against cancer