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I am proud to back the first Less Survivable Cancers Awareness Day to highlight the critical importance of early diagnosis in improving survival and quality of life for people diagnosed with these cancers. A quarter of cancers in the UK have an average five-year survival rate of just 16%. They are known as the less survivable cancers. Early diagnosis is crucial for survival. The Less Survivable Cancer Awareness Day focuses on six less survivable cancers, lung, liver, brain, oesophageal, pancreatic and stomach, with an average five-year survival rate of just 16%. Together, these less survivable cancers make up nearly half of all common cancer deaths in the UK. Less survivable cancers are difficult to diagnose and most of the general public are unaware of common symptoms. More awareness of these cancers and more research funding could save lives. For more information, please visit


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