MP HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE of earlier diagnosis to improve cancer survival rates

C_71_article_1191847_image_list_image_list_item_0_imageAndrew Gwynne MP has highlighted the importance of improving earlier cancer diagnosis as a means of increasing one-year cancer survival.

In Tameside and Glossop, only 68% of people with cancer will live for a year after diagnosis, whilst Stockport fares slightly better with 71%.

At the moment, the UK lags far behind its international and European neighbours in cancer survival. By 2020, almost half of people will receive a cancer diagnosis during their lifetime. The presentation of the one-year survival figures is a powerful tool to measure the performance of the local NHS and ensure crucial improvements are made for people with cancer.

By putting one-year survival rates up in lights in the NHS architecture for the first time, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will be able to identify where initiatives are required (or need to be improved) to promote earlier diagnosis. These can include better screening, improving public awareness of signs and symptoms, better diagnostics at Primary Care or GP training.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“We know that early diagnosis of cancer leads to better survival rates for patients. The one-year cancer survival rates will highlight areas where improvements need to be made. I have written to our CCG leadership for an update on initiatives to encourage earlier diagnosis, and look forward to working with them on behalf of local cancer patients.

“By matching Europe’s best survival rates, the Government estimates that the NHS in England could save 10,000 lives a year. This should be our aim: to give people in our area the best chance in their fight against cancer.”

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