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Mike backs APPGC call for world-class one year cancer survival rates

Mike Gapes MP has shown his support for improving UK one-year survival rates while attending an All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer (APPGC) event in Parliament.

By 2020, almost half of the UK population will receive a cancer diagnosis during their lifetime . Cancer survival rates in the UK are among the worst in Europe – not least because many people are diagnosed too late. The APPGC believes that this must change.

At the event, Mike was presented with the cancer survival rates in Redbridge that showed that 65% of local people with cancer will live for a year after diagnosis. This is lower than the national one-year survival rate for England of 69% By comparison, the one-year survival rate in Sweden is 81%.

The APPGC published a short report at the event which highlights that from April 2015 one-year survival rates have been included in the Delivery Dashboard of the CCG Assurance Framework – the highest tier of accountability at a local level. This means that Clinical Commissioning Groups are now scrutinised on what they are doing to improve earlier diagnosis in order to improve local one-year survival rates.

Mike also joined the APPGC which brings together MPs and Peers from across the political spectrum to debate key issues and campaign together to improve cancer services.

Speaking after the event, Mike said:

“The one-year cancer survival rates in Redbridge will help residents to see how the CCG is performing and demand improvements. As the MP, I will be meeting the CCG leadership to discuss how, together, we can ensure more local people survive cancer.

“In Redbridge only 65% of people live for a year or more after a cancer diagnosis. In Sweden, the figure is 81%. More work is needed through earlier diagnosis to increase this number, as the UK still has among the lowest survival rates in Europe. Better screening uptake, diagnostics at Primary Care, public awareness and GP training are all possible initiatives our local CCG could introduce. Many lives each year could be saved as a result."

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