This week we’re launching a manifesto for cancer patients along with 28 other cancer organisations. We’re calling on the next Government to drive up the UK’s cancer survival to be among the best in the world.
Significant progress has been made in the last 50 years, transforming the prospects for people diagnosed with cancer. In the 1970s, only 1 in 4 UK patients survived their disease for ten years or more. By 2010, this had risen to 2 in 4, and survival continues to improve today. This is due to groundbreaking research, innovative new treatments and the tireless efforts of staff across our NHS.
However, there is still a long way to go. Cancer remains the leading cause of death in the UK, and a growing and ageing population means incidence continues to rise at an alarming rate. The system is already struggling to cope with demand – only 38% of NHS Trusts are currently meeting the key 62-day waiting time standard for referral to treatment. Unfortunately, cancer survival in the UK is still lower than in comparable countries around the world.
The next Government has an opportunity to drive up the UK’s survival rates to be among the best in the world. With 1 in 2 people in the UK diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime, this could improve millions of lives and touch every family in the country. To achieve this ambition, we need to:
- Put the right staff in place
- Diagnose cancer earlier
- Ensure people living with cancer have access to the appropriate treatment and psychological support
- Support people living with cancer beyond their treatment
- Preserve the UK’s status as a world-leader in cancer research
- Prevent people from developing cancer
As the population living with cancer grows, we must ensure that people are not just surviving longer, but living well too. The policy recommendations in this manifesto – based on our combined expertise, evidence and knowledge – should be viewed by any new Government not as an exhaustive list, but instead as a starting point for improving treatment and care for all people living with cancer.
Read our proposals here: One Cancer Voice manifesto
Article adapted from One Cancer Voice manifesto.