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Cancer: Mortality Rates

Department of Health written question – answered on 31st July 2017.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office), Shadow Spokesperson (Health), Shadow Spokesperson (Education)

Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the findings by Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise in its report, Comparator report on patient access to cancer medicines in Europe Revisited, that UK five-year survival outcomes for cancer lag behind the European average for nine out of ten cancers.

Photo of Lord O'Shaughnessy Lord O'Shaughnessy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Cancer survival rates are at a record high and around 7,000 more people are surviving cancer after successful treatment on the National Health Service compared to three years ago. However, there is more that we can do. NHS England is leading the implementation of the recommendations of the independent Cancer Taskforce to save a further 30,000 lives by 2020.

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