- Prioritise less survivable cancers with a target to double survival rates to 28% over the next 10 years
Successive governments have failed to prioritise and drive improvements in the less survivable cancers, meaning patients have been stuck with poor survival figures that were left behind a generation ago by the more survivable cancers.
- Diagnose less survivable cancers earlier
Only a quarter of less survivable cancers for which we have data are diagnosed at stage one or two compared to one half of all common cancers. Earlier diagnosis would mean earlier, more effective, treatment.
- Address inequalities in research funding
Less survivable cancers received one quarter of the amount of research funding given to other common cancers by the government between 2007-2016, which have a higher rate of survival.
- Invest in the NHS’s cancer workforce for the long term
Close to three in four staff in non-surgical oncology services view staff shortages as a barrier to providing efficient cancer treatments.
- Inform the public about the symptoms of less survivable cancers
For example, two thirds of UK adults say they are unaware of the symptoms of pancreatic cancer. This lack of awareness means many people do not seek help before it is too late.
- Ensure more patients are given the option of a clinical trial
Clinical trials are vital to find ways to diagnose these cancers earlier and to develop effective new treatments.
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