Good News on World Cancer Day
The survival rates of teenagers and young adults with cancer in England is increasing, with Leukaemia and Bone Cancer seeing a particular increase (Teenage Cancer Trust and Public Health England). The report studied data on 13 to 24 year olds, between the years of 2001 and 2015, and implied that cancer cases in young people is actually very rare, with less than 1% of all cancer cases affecting this age range. This equates to approximately 2400 young people a year in England (Teenage Cancer Trust).
As we recognise World Cancer Day, it has recently been found that the female survival rate of cancer has increased from 83% - 87% and the male equivalent has increased to 84%. Moreover, the survival rates of individual cancers were also on the rise, with Breast cancer increasing to 78%, Prostate cancer to 84%, Bowel cancer rising to 54% and Lung Cancer to 5% (Cancer Research UK). These statistics mirror improvements in cancer survival rates for adults, which has doubled in the last 40 years. Expanding on this, the NHS has announced that it will set out plans to record the DNA of every young person with cancer, and offer most young people the chance to be part of clinical cancer trials by 2025 (NHS Long Term Plan).
This being said, there is still areas of improvement needed, with news that the death rate gap for cancer patients is widening between the rich and poor in Wales. Additionally, the death rates of people with cancer in deprived parts of Scotland are 61% higher than those in affluent areas. This statistic is consistent with young people too, with survival rates being 4% lower in poor areas compared to affluent areas. The European Oncology Convention has been designed to streamline the patient pathway across hospital oncology services. Furthermore, the Convention helps to increase patient outcomes by providing a CPD accredited seminar programme designed to share industry shaping research and knowledge, as well as having over 150 market leading exhibitors showcasing ground-breaking technologies designed to maximise patient outcomes.
The fact that cancer survival rates in teenagers and young people is on the rise, and that the NHS has included cancer treatment and research in its Long Term Plan, suggests that progression is being made in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care of the cancer patient’s pathway. Help carry on this progression by registering yourself for a ticket to attend the European Oncology Convention, an unmissable event that should be in every oncology professional’s diary. It will showcase technologies from specifically selected exhibitors and will have an unrivalled lineup of seminars. Experience the latest technologies and techniques in the industry at the European Oncology Convention.
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