The gap in lung cancer survival between the best and worst performing areas of England is growing, official figures show.
The Office for National Statistics data reveals that while overall cancer survival rates have improved since 2001 and inequalities have narrowed for breast and colon cancer survival, the gap for lung cancer has grown.
In 2016, just 30.7% of people diagnosed with lung cancer in Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in Kent survived beyond one year, compared to 53.8% of people in Westminster CCG, London – a gap of 23.1 percentage points.
This compares to 2001 when the gap was just 19.1 percentage points, ranging from 36.4% to 17.3% survival after one year.
Despite this widening inequality, average lung cancer survival has improved from 26.3% to 41.6%, according to the data reported by the Independent.
One year survival across all cancers rose from 62% in 2001 to 72.8% in 2016, and the average survival gap between the best and worst performing CCGs shrank.
In breast cancer nearly 97% of women survive beyond one year, up from 93.3% in 2001, and for colon cancer the rise is from 73.1 to 80.6%.
“Where you live shouldn’t determine your chance of surviving lung cancer,” said Dr Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation and chair of the Taskforce for Lung Health.
She added that when diagnosed at the earliest stage, more than one in three people with lung cancer will survive the disease for five years or more, compared with around five in 100 people when diagnosed at a later stage.
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