Tackling cancer in England: saving more lives : report
The NAO will produce three studies on cancer services in England. This is the first and looks at whether survival rates are being improved. One person in three will develop cancer at some point in their life, and in the 1990s England suffered from a higher mortality rate than other European countries. However the survival rate is improving and the latest figures show that 36 per cent of men and 49 per cent of women will survive for 5 years or more. England's position in terms of the proportion of people who die from cancer is improving relative to other comparable countries. There is though a class divide, with the better off improving more than the less well off. There are variations in service but one of the factors is that people in more deprived areas are likely to have their cancer identified at a more advanced stage. The recommendations from this report cover the need to be more effective in stopping smoking, ways of identifying cancer earlier and the need for national clinical audits.
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Summary People in England tend to be diagnosed
cancer incidence in England has of treatments but speed of access to treatment
increased mortality has fallen and survival its appropriateness continues to be a problem
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