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Thousands surviving Cancer in UK

Thousands surviving Cancer in UK

Cancer: Thousands surviving in UK decades after diagnosis

[Original article on BBC News]

"More than 170,000 people in the UK who were diagnosed with cancer up to 40 years ago are still alive, a report by Macmillan Cancer Support has suggested.

People are twice as likely to survive for at least a decade after being diagnosed than they were at the start of the 1970s, the charity said.

It said better treatments and speedier diagnoses are among the reasons.

But cancer can leave a legacy of side effects such as depression and financial difficulties, it also warned.

The report, called Cancer Then and Now, estimates around a quarter of survivors will have long-term issues that need support."

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