28 April 2015
Responding to the publication of the latest cancer survival statistics in England ,Duleep Allirajah, Head of Policy at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“These statistics highlight an alarming and unacceptable variation in cancer survival rates across the country. For three of the most common cancers geographical differences could mean that hundreds of people are dying needlessly.
“Today’s figures reveal that women with lung cancer are 68% more likely to survive 5 years or more if they live in the best performing area of England compared with the worst . While men with prostate cancer are 22% more likely to survive 5 years or more and people with colon cancer are 19% more likely to survive 5 years or more .
“Delays in diagnosis and unequal access to treatment are likely to be contributing to this inexcusable postcode lottery which is costing lives. With UK cancer survival rates continuing to lag years behind the rest of Europe it’s now time for urgent action to tackle this growing cancer crisis.
“The general election is now in our sights and Macmillan is urging all political parties to make cancer a top health priority and take action to improve UK cancer survival rates and outcomes in order to match the best in Europe.”
For further information, please contact:
Cora Bauer, Senior Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207091 2016 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
 ONS and LSHTM. 2015. Geographic Patterns of Cancer Survivalin England: Adults diagnosed 2004 to 2008 and followed up to 2013. http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/cancer-unit/cancer-survival-by-gor--sha-and-cancer-network/adults-followed-up-to-2013/stb---adults-diagnosed.html
 For women with lung cancer 5-year survival was 7.2% in the Surrey and Sussex area team compared with 12.1% in the East Anglia area team
 For men with prostate cancer 5-year survival was 70.9% in the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire area team compared with 86.3% in the Birmingham and the Black Country area team
 For people with colon cancer 5-year survival was 48.7% in the Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral area team compared with 57.9% in the East Anglia area team.
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