Analysis

Cancer care improves, but still falls short of targets

Health Foundation report finds that 10,000 lives in England could be saved each year if cancer services were improved
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Health Foundation report finds that 10,000 lives in England could be saved each year if cancer services were improved

Over recent years, cancer care in England has undergone significant improvements in mortality, treatments and patient experience.

But despite the ambitions set out in successive national strategies, cancer survival still lags behind that of other comparable countries.

90%

Five-year survival for bowel cancer diagnosed early; 10% if diagnosed late

Source: The Health Foundation (2018)

Those were the headline findings of the Health Foundation report, Unfinished Business, published in November. This states that 10,000 lives in England could be saved each year if cancer services, particularly early diagnosis, were improved.

The authors of the report, led by former Department of Health national cancer director Sir Mike Richards, assessed changes to cancer services during the 20 years

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