13 June 2013
Macmillan responds to new research by the University of Liverpool being presented at Public Health England's National Cancer Intelligence Network Conference today, which shows that there is a link between low endoscopy referral rates and poor outcomes for people with oesophageal and gastric cancers in England. Rosie Loftus, GP Advisor at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
'Spotting cancer in its early stages ensures timely access to vital treatment and support and, as this new research shows, can have a very real effect on a patient's prognosis. As GPs, we have a key role to play in making sure that people with suspected cancer are referred as early as possible.
'Survival rates for oesophageal and gastric cancers are relatively low, therefore it is crucial that practices across England have access to endoscopies to speed up diagnosis as a matter of course. This would help to remove the inequality around how quickly these cancers are identified and give everyone the best possible chance of survival.'
For further information, please contact:
Claire Keuls, Senior Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
077363 03111 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
This research is being showcased at Public Health England's National Cancer Intelligence Network's 'Cancer Outcomes Conference' on 13th June.
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