I came across this today, and I thought it might give some people hope for the future. The source is: Cancer Research UK, Survival Statistics for the most common cancers.
What really strikes me is the number of cancers where 5 year survival is over 50%. Pancreatic, Lung and Esophagus cancer are still very deadly, though.
Now take a look at where we’ve come from since 1971:
You can see that many cancers have radically improved in 10 year survival. There’s still much room for improvement, but I take a lot of comfort in the progress we’ve made and are continuing to make.
My postdoc was at a cancer research center that shared a building with a cancer treatment clinic. Every day I’d walk past the waiting room and the chemo chairs and see someone’s mother, grandmother, father, brother, sister awaiting treatment. It was great motivation to take my job seriously. F–k Cancer, Support Cancer Research!