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Cancer patients living longer.

THOUSANDS of patients with the most advanced cancer are surviving for several years after diagnosis, analysis shows.

Macmillan Cancer Support said in 2015 there were at least 17,000 people alive who had been diagnosed with stage four cancer two to three years previously.

This included 1,600 women with breast cancer, 6,400 men with prostate cancer, 1,200 people with lung cancer and 2,300 with bowel cancer. A stage four cancer is one that has spread to other parts of the body, usually meaning death is near.

Adrienne Betteley, of Macmillan Cancer Support, said: "This is really positive news, but living with advanced cancer can be a difficult situation."

A cancer conference in Liverpool was told the NHS should place greater emphasis on living well with the disease.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 8, 2017
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