VIDEO: 50 per cent of cancer patients surviving for 10 years

Figures show half of people now being diagnosed with cancer in England and Wales will survive for at least a decade after diagnosis, which is double the rate expected in the early 1970s.

New treatments, earlier diagnosis and screening have all helped to increase this survival rate.

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Cancer Research UK carried out the research, the say there now needs to be new, more ambitious aims for cancer research. They are hoping to see 10-year survival hit 75% in the next 20 years.