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MPs highlight cancer survival gap with Europe

2nd March 2011

Significant progress has been made in reducing death rates from cancer in recent years, but a gap in survival rates remains between England and the best-performing European countries, MPs have said.

The Public Accounts Committee's (PAC) latest report on the cancer reform strategy observed that important aspects of cancer services have improved and the average length of hospital stay has fallen since the document's publication in 2007.

Improvements have largely been possible thanks to a significant increase in resources, with the NHS spending 6.3 billion pounds on cancer services in 2008-09.

However, the report also called for earlier diagnosis and emphasised the enduring gap in survival rates between England and other European countries.

Report authors cited wide variations in the performance of cancer services across the country, as well as in the types of treatment available to patients in different areas.

Margaret Hodge, who chairs the PAC, said: "The one-year survival rates in England are still poor compared with the best-performing European countries and that is generally a sign of low awareness of symptoms … and late diagnosis."

Care services minister Paul Burstow said that England's poor cancer survival rate when compared with other European countries was "unacceptable".ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800437772-ADNFCR

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