Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has pledged his support for Cancer Research UK’s information campaign as the charity compared Tameside’s cancer rates to the rest of the country.
The charity’s figures showed that Tameside is scoring above the national average with 96.4% of patients seen by a specialist within two weeks of an urgent GP referral for suspected cancer by NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG.
However, figures from the charity also revealed that the area could do better for early diagnosis of cancer. Currently, just over 50% of locals have their cancer diagnosed at an early stage, with the national average of 54%. Yet, in a big improvement for the community, 100% of patients across Tameside received radiotherapy treatment with 31 days of their first appointment, above the national average of 97.5%.
In light of these figures Gwynne has written to NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG to find out what they are planning to do to ensure more patients will get diagnosed at an earlier stage.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“It is so important to show our support for Cancer Research UK as so many of us are often touched by cancer, knowing either a family member or friend living with the condition.
“I’m glad that across Tameside we’re performing a lot better than the national average for cancer care, but I’m intending to write to the CCG to see what more we can do to get improved earlier diagnoses.”