4. Cancer: Thousands surviving in UK decades after diagnosis
More than 170,000 people in the UK who were diagnosed with cancer up to 40 years ago are still alive, a report by Macmillan Cancer Support has suggested.People are twice as likely to survive for at least a decade after being diagnosed than they were at the start of the 1970s, the charity said.
It said better treatments and speedier diagnoses are among the reasons. But cancer can leave a legacy of side effects such as depression and financial difficulties, it also warned. The report, called Cancer Then and Now, estimates around a quarter of survivors will have long-term issues that need support. Helen Taskiran told BBC News she suffered from depression as a result of surviving cancer, and has even missed out on job opportunities because of it.She was first diagnosed in 1991 with bowel cancer, which she survived, but since then has been diagnosed with four other cancers, including breast, skin and womb. “They’ve left me with swollen arms and legs, tiredness, sometimes depression, [making me] dubious about going for other jobs,” said Helen, whose son was just three years old when she was first diagnosed.