According to a Cancer Research UK study crucial opportunities to diagnose cancer patients earlier in England and to increase the likelihood of survival are being missed. Cancer Research UK found an “unacceptable variation” between differing areas following a review of cases in 2013 and 2014.
The review discovered that if all areas across the country were as efficient in diagnosis as the best areas, 20,000 cases could have been spotted sooner.
Results show that the worst area for late diagnosis was Merseyside, however Manchester was only 1% behind as it was determined to be the second worse area for late diagnosis. The results state that 48% of Manchester’s cancer patients get diagnosed as they enter cancer stages 3 and 4, whilst Bath, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Swindon was deemed the best area for cancer treatment, with 40% of patients being treated late.
Considering just the eight most common cancer types, if an individual is diagnosed at stage 1 or 2 they have an 80% chance of living at least ten years where as they only have a 25% chance of surviving if the cancer is diagnosed at stage 3 or 4.
Recent figures relating to late diagnosis in the northwest are even more harrowing considering that Manchester’s Christie Hospital is one of Europe’s leading cancer centres and actually has the largest single-site centre in Europe, it treats approximately 44,000 people per annum.
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