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Official Statistics: Childhood cancer survival in England – patients followed up to 2017

Cancer survival in England for specific cancer sites by age, sex and stage at diagnosis. Produced in collaboration with Public Health England.

Long-term survival trends for children (aged 0 to 14 years) diagnosed with cancer in England. Adult and stage of diagnosis survival estimates will be published in a separate release, later in 2018.

Main points

  • Cancer survival in children (aged 0 to 14 years) continues to improve for all cancers combined; the general increasing trend of 5-year survival has continued, from 77.1% in 2001 to 84.0% predicted for those diagnosed in 2017; a similar increasing trend has also been observed for both 1-year and 10-year survival.
  • The increases in 1-year, 5-year and 10-year survival have been observed in each of the age groups 0 to 4 years, 5 to 9 years and 10 to 14 years.
  • Since there is a small difference between 5-year and 10-year survival estimates, children who survive for five years often live at least a further five years after diagnosis.
  • Interpretation of these childhood cancer statistics should focus on the overall trends up to 2017, rather than the survival estimates for any particular year; this is because the number of children diagnosed in each year is relatively small and the survival estimates for a single calendar year are less stable.

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