Majority of public think cancer sufferers cannot live for years – Institute of Cancer Research surveyIvy Madziva
Majority of public think cancer sufferers cannot live for years – Institute of Cancer Research survey.
The sole focus on finding a cure is overshadowing the “huge” progress that has doubled cancer survival times over the past decade.
The focus on finding a cure means people have not realised ‘huge’ progress has been made in allowing sufferers to live longer
More than two-thirds of the public do not think cancer sufferers can live with the disease for years, a survey has found.
The exclusive focus on finding a cure is overshadowing “huge” progress that is already allowing those with advanced cancer to live longer, the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) said.
Over the past decade, survival times from cancer have roughly doubled, with the average patient now living more than 10 years after being diagnosed.
However, only 28% of people believed the disease can be controlled in the long-term, according to an ICR-commissioned YouGov poll of members of the public and cancer patients.
In comparison, 46% believed heart disease – the world’s deadliest disease – can be managed long-term, while 77% said the same for diabetes.
The survey of 2,103 members of the public and 366 patients, also found only a quarter of people (26%) think progress in fighting cancer is being made.
The ICR is calling for more attention to be placed on cancer’s ability to resist treatment, so more people can live longer and survive cancer.