Improved cancer survival rate is ‘enormously encouraging’ – CCG

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 January 2017

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The number of North Somerset people surviving cancer one year from diagnosis has grown by almost 10 per cent since 1999, new figures reveal.

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics have highlighted the one-year cancer survival index in North Somerset has increased from 61.4 per cent in 1999 to 71.2 per cent in 2014.

The North Somerset survival percentage is marginally greater than the national average 70.4 per cent.

The percentage of North Somerset cancer patients aged 55-64 surviving more than a year has increased from 70.1 per cent to 77.9 per cent since 1999.

Around sixty per cent of patients aged 75-99 will survive more than a year from their diagnosis, which is almost a 13 per cent increase since 1999.

North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group said the improved figures are due to health services diagnosing cancer earlier, which increases the likelihood of beating the disease.

Dr Mary Backhouse, chief clinical officer at North Somerset CCG said: “It is enormously encouraging to see such a significant increase in cancer survival rates in North Somerset.

“This comes as a result of the hard work and dedication of NHS staff to diagnose cancers earlier and improvements in treatments available.

“Diagnosing cancer earlier means treating it sooner and more effectively. We have made this a key priority and are delighted to see this strategy paying off.”

Dr Backhouse added North Somerset CCG wants to ‘improve both survival rates and quality of life’, and is ‘making plans’ to help people affected by cancer with psychological and social support, in addition to medical treatment.

A spokesman for Cancer Research UK praised the efforts of healthcare workers, but insisted more work and fundraising must still be done.

Aine McCarthy, senior science communications officer for the charity, said: “Cancer survival has doubled since the 1970s meaning that today, one in two people survives the disease.

“Research carried out by Cancer Research UK’s doctors, scientists and nurses has made a great contribution to this progress by finding new ways to diagnose the disease earlier and better ways to treat it.

“But we still have vital work to do to ensure more people survive cancer. That’s why we need the continued generosity of the public to help us fund life-saving research.”

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