Specialist care is key to more young people surviving cancer, says charity

Teenage Cancer Trust reveals mortality rates of cancers among 13-24 year olds in England reduced by nearly one quarter between 2001 and 2015


Teenage Cancer Trust reveals mortality rates of cancers among 13-24 year olds in England reduced by nearly one quarter between 2001 and 2015

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More young people than ever are surviving cancer across England, a data analysis report has shown.

Mortality rates of all cancers among 13-24 year olds have decreased from 42.9 per million in 2001 to 32.3 per million in 2015, according to the Teenage Cancer Trust which analysed data from the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service.

Continued progress is vital

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Teenage Cancer Trust nurse consultant Louise Soanes said: ‘The results of this research shows the vital need for this specialist service. I hope we can continue to build on the progress that’s been made over the last decade to ensure every young person with cancer gets the right level of support.’

Kate Law, community liaison nurse team leader at The Christie Hospital, Manchester, praised the dedication of teams providing specialist care to young people and improving survival rates.

She said: 'I hope the recognition of this continues despite ongoing pressures in the NHS.'

Regional variations

The analysis also suggests statistically significant variations in incidence and survival rates of cancer in 13-24 year olds between 2001 and 2015 based on geography.

For example, the regions with the highest incidence of cancer in the 13-15 age group were the West Midlands (201 per million) and the North East and Cumbria (198.6 per million).

Those regions had almost double the incidence rates of those with the lowest figures, south east London (103 per million) and Lancashire and South Cumbria (123.6 per million).

Other findings from the Teenage Cancer Trust report covering England include: 

  • Five-year survival rates for cancer in 13-24 year olds have risen from 83% in females and 80% in males (2001-05) to 87% in females and 84% in males (2007-11).
  • The incidence of cancer in 13-24 years olds has increased from a crude rate of 233.1 per million in 2001, to 299.7 per million in 2015. 

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