Our cancer outcomes must match the best in Europe

We called on all parties to commit to delivering cancer outcomes that match the best in Europe by the end of the new Parliament in 2020.

The chance of surviving cancer in the UK is far lower than in many parts of Europe. And 1 in 3 of us diagnosed with cancer will die within a year.

That’s why we wanted the government to commit to delivering cancer outcomes that match the best in Europe by the end of parliament. This will make sure that more of us are surviving cancer and are able to live well after treatment.

Without action thousands more cancer patients will die needlessly within a year of diagnosis.

In order to improve our cancer outcomes, we need to:

  • dramatically decrease the number of people diagnosed with cancer via an emergency route
  • reduce variation and inequalities in access to treatment, particularly for older people
  • and make sure all people with cancer are better supported after treatment has ended. This includes ensuring that everyone diagnosed with cancer receives a Recovery Package.

'told it was bronchitis and given antibiotics' - Vikki, Manchester

Vikki Webb, 34, from Manchester

Vikki's story

Vikki's father Ade was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in 2011.

‘My father Ade had a persistent and very nasty cough about 18 months or so before he died of lung cancer. Despite being a heavy smoker for over 30 years and being slap in the middle of the average age to develop lung cancer, he wasn’t offered a scan, was told it was bronchitis and given antibiotics. It didn’t shift so he was given a further two courses and eventually it gradually settled of its own accord.

When he started getting really bad hip pain he asked for a scan but they said it’d be a three month wait. He was in such pain he paid to go privately. The scan showed that he had cancer which had spread throughout his body and bones, and it was terminal. Ade died eight weeks after his diagnosis.'

We are working to change things for people like Ade and to ensure that our cancer outcomes improve to match the best in Europe. Find out more.

Our calls

We called on all parties to commit to delivering cancer outcomes that match the best in Europe by the end of the new Parliament in 2020.

Thanks to your support

The Conservatives made commitments in their manifesto to:

  • Lead the world in fighting cancer.
  • Work with the NHS, charities and patient groups to do deliver the new strategy, recommended by NHS England’s cancer taskforce. This will save thousands of lives and increase survival rates.