Belper MP: Cancer diagnosis needs to improve

Pauline Latham visits hospital patients
Pauline Latham visits hospital patients

Mid-Derbyshire MP, Pauline Latham, has highlighted the importance of improving earlier cancer diagnosis as a means of increasing one-year cancer survival.

In her constituency, only 70 per cent of people with cancer will live for a year after diagnosis.

She said: “We know that early diagnosis of cancer leads to better survival rates for patients. Over the last few months, I have been working with my local Clinical Commissioning Group to see what can be done to improve cancer treatment and diagnosis, and I am hopeful that the Government’s commitment to bring down cancer mortality will mean that the one-year survival rates will improve.

“By matching Europe’s best survival rates, the Government estimates that the NHS “in England could save 10,000 lives a year. This should be our aim: to give people in “our area the best chance in their fight against cancer.”