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How are different cancer diagnoses survival rate related to research and resources over time?

Cancer treatments are getting better for some cancer diagnosis but not for all. Are we focusing the research, resources and attention to where it is most needed or to where we have the most surviving patients that can work for attention in media?
One example: Pancreatic cancer patients diagnosed yearly in Sweden are as many as 1/5 of the ones diagnosed with breastcancer. The resourses for research for pancreatic cancer are 1/50 of what breast cancer gets. Survival rate for patients with breast cancer is 90% and for pancreatic cancer only 5%!
I think all cancer diagnoses are equally important to find a good cure for! I love the fact that survival rates has been dramatically increased in breast cancer since 1970.
The future cancer patients of all diagnoses would benefit if research and resources where highlighted in accurate statistics like bubbles. The future patient could be someone you love.
Please help and thanks for a great tool.
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    A very good suggestion! All cancer forms are a tragedy for the people who are affected but it becomes worse when you realize that some cancer forms are more leathal than others and it might have to do with resorces for research.
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  • Hi Viveca and Susanna!

    Interesting topic :).
    Hans actually made quite a couple of videos on cancer back in 2009. You can watch them here: https://www.gapminder.org/tag/cancer/

    Our World In Data also has an interesting page on cancer statistics: https://ourworldindata.org/cancer#can...

    Using our Gapminder Tools Offline program you can visualize your own data spreadsheets in moving bubbles. So if you're able to find historical data on survival rates and research resources, you can make your own visualization : ). If you need any help with using the program, let us know.

    https://www.gapminder.org/tools-offline/

    Do watch out that just because two things happen at the same time, that doesn't mean one causes the other (Here are some funny example of that misunderstanding: http://www.tylervigen.com/spurious-co...). It's probably good to ask an expert like an oncologist if your hypothesis is valid. It takes a lot of study to really understand a field. That's why we can't give an easy answer either, we're not oncologists ; ).

    Do let us know if you find anything interesting!

    All the best,
    Jasper / Gapminder Foundation
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