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One year cancer survival rates in England remain poor despite national strategies, report finds

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 01 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1374
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

One year cancer survival rates in England remain poor compared with those in some other European countries despite government strategies to improve the management of cancer over the past decade, warns a report published on 1 March, which recommends more work to improve early diagnosis.

The report from the House of Commons public accounts committee, which scrutinises government expenditure, examined NHS performance in delivering cancer services, including the cost and outcomes achieved.

The committee found that the NHS had made substantial progress in improving cancer services over the past 10 years, based on the NHS Cancer Plan published in 2000 and the Cancer Reform Strategy published in 2007. It found reductions in mortality rates for several cancers and services consistently achieving waiting time targets for cancer patients.

But figures showed that one year survival rates for several cancers are still poor compared with those in the best performing European countries. The committee suggested that this …

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