15 January 2015
Today [Thursday] the National Audit Office has released a report which reveals that there has been progress in improving cancer services and outcomes in England since 2010. Responding to the report, Juliet Bouverie, Director of Services and Influencing at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“Thanks to better treatments, earlier diagnosis and greater awareness there have been some considerable improvements in cancer survival rates over the past five years in England. Today’s welcome report highlights not only the progress that has been made but also reminds us that we still have a long way to go if we want to make sure that everyone diagnosed with cancer has access to the highest quality care and the best possible chance of surviving cancer.
“We know that despite some improvements, England continues to have some of the worst cancer survival rates in Europe and the gap gets far wider when you compare the older age groups. If we want to get serious about improving our survival rates in England then we are going to have to address some of the inequalities this report highlights. This means giving older people cancer treatment and care based on their needs, not on their age.
“Across the UK, there are now 2.5 million people living with cancer. With this number set to rise and the NHS already under a huge strain we need to urgently improve cancer care in this country. This year’s general election is the perfect opportunity to do this and Macmillan is urging all political parties to commit in their manifestos to improving cancer survival rates, especially for older people.”
For further information, please contact:
Cora Bauer, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2016 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
1. Europe survival comparison: Eurocare 4 survival analysis 5 year survival rates 1995-1999.
(Accessed February 2012)
2. Maddams J, Utley M, Møller H. Projections of cancer prevalence in the United Kingdom, 2010-2040. Br J Cancer 2012; 107: 1195-1202. (Projections scenario 1). Macmillan analysis based on extrapolation of 2010 and 2020 projections that the number of people living with cancer will hit an estimated 2.5 million in 2015.
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