Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Editor's Viewpoint: Battling cancer

Northern Ireland's success in tackling the various forms of cancer is nothing short of astonishing. In a generation - 40 years - the five-year survival rate for leukaemia improved by a factor of eight.

Treatment for pancreatic cancer has also shown a vast improvement - with the percentage of patients surviving more than five years rising from 9% to 18% in just two years.

This is not due to some magic breakthrough, but to the reorganisation of cancer services to ensure a critical mass of experts are involved in treatment and research. Behind those statistics are real people - alive today because of the expertise and dedication of healthcare professionals. They owe them their lives, and we owe them a debt of gratitude.

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