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Awareness and early detection are key areas for improvement with regards to cancer inequalities. One-year and five-year survival rates decrease as social deprivation increases, and the gap is widening.
Sara Hiom, Dr Rupert Suckling and Professor Jane Wardle
Contributing factors, which are increasingly highlighted as areas to tackle, are: symptom recognition, interactions with primary care services and screening uptake. For example, data on the uptake of bowel cancer screening in London shows that the number of kits returned decreases as socio-economic status decreases. Unless this is addressed this could lead to massive inequalities in bowel cancer outcomes.
During the session, in a case study from Dr Rupert Suckling, delegates heard about a combined “push and pull” intervention programme for lung cancer detection in Doncaster.
View Professor Jane Wardle's presentation [PDF, 802kb] |
View Dr Rupert Suckling's presentation [PDF, 1.5mb] |
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