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Kidney cancer diagnosis and survival rates soar

Kidney cancer survival rates have shown a significant increase in survival rates, despite more and more people being diagnosed with the disease, says a report released by Public Health England’s National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN).

The eighth most common cancer in England has risen in diagnosis rates over the past two decades, but researchers found that during the same period of time, one-year survival has improved from 58% to 72% in males, and 54% to 71% in females. Five-year survival has also improved from 39% to 55% in females.


The report looked at trends in kidney cancer survival rates in England from 1990-2010 and found that patients diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma, the most common type of the disease, have seen a huge improvement in survival. In stark contrast, 10% of patients diagnosed with transitional cell carcinoma, the rarer form of kidney cancer, there has been no significant change, although doctors say this is due to TCC being harder to detect earlier via medical imaging tools, and also because of fewer advanced in developing successful treatments.

Professor Kevin Fenton, Director of Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England, said: “It’s extremely promising to see these improvements in survival, but we want to do better. Our Be Clear on Cancer campaign focused on kidney and bladder cancer launched nationally last year to raise awareness of the symptoms, which is crucial to early detection, treatment and will impact on survival. Receiving an early diagnosis increases the chance of survival for the 16,600 people who are diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancer every year in England. Our Be Clear on Cancer message is clear – as soon as you spot blood in your pee, visit the GP. It’s probably nothing serious but it could also be a sign of something else that needs treatment, so don’t ignore the symptoms or put off a trip to the doctor.”

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