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Long term investment could avert 20 000 cancer deaths a year by 2040, says charity

BMJ 2023; 383 doi: (Published 28 November 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;383:p2809
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The UK urgently requires sustained and ambitious investment in cancer care to reduce mortality and improve survival rates, the charity Cancer Research UK (CRUK) has said.

Despite UK cancer survival rates doubling over the past 50 years, the country continues to perform poorly compared with international peers. With NHS cancer services in “crisis” and half a million cancer cases a year projected by 2040, the charity warned that hard won progress was at risk of stalling.

In a manifesto1 and policy paper2 published on 28 November, CRUK outlined recommendations for speeding up progress in preventing, diagnosing, and treating cancer that it wants all parties to commit to before …

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