24 March 2016
Responding to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on cancer survival rate variations across England , Dr Fran Woodard Executive Director of Policy and Impact at Macmillan Cancer Support says:
“It is completely unacceptable that in this day and age your chance of surviving cancer can still be determined by where you live. What is particularly worrying about these new figures is that the situation has not improved and the gap between people surviving in the best areas and the worst areas persists. While survival rates in some areas have improved, there is still much to be done.
“There are a number of reasons for such a huge variation in survival rates. It could be because people are not being diagnosed early enough. This could be due to a lack of awareness about signs and symptoms and shortfalls in diagnostic capacity. Secondly, it may be that people are not always getting access to the treatment they need.
“This is a sign of the mounting pressure on the NHS and highlights the need for Government to prioritise cancer services. England’s cancer survival rates are already lagging behind the rest of Europe but this can start to be remedied if the worst performing areas are supported to match the best. Everyone with cancer should be able to access high quality treatment, information and support, no matter where they live.”
For further information, please contact:
Catherine Jones, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2453 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
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