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Cancers Being Treated Earlier and Better

Magazine article Public Finance

Cancers Being Treated Earlier and Better

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More cancers are being caught earlier and longer-term treatment for survivors is improving, according to the first annual report into the governments Cancer Reform Strategy.

Cancer charities welcomed the achievements, but warned that they continue to face huge challenges in the fight against the disease.

The report, Maintaining momentum, buildingfor the future, published on December 1, highlighted achievements such as the introduction of the national awareness and early detection initiative. It also cited the national cancer survivorship initiative, which aims to ensure that the 1 .6 million cancer survivors in England receive integrated services.

The government s cancer czar, Professor Mike Richards, said: 'Cancer treatment in Britain has improved vastly in recent years and we are now beginning to see the impact on our survival rates. …

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