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How to improve cancer survival: explaining England's relatively poor rates, is a literature review published jointly by The King's Fund and Cancer Research UK on Thursday 9 June at 00.01.
The International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership (ICBP) is a new initiative bringing together policy-makers, researchers and clinicians across six countries, initiated by the Department of Health in England and managed by Cancer Research UK. The ICBP is studying the differences in survival rates between countries and identifying the most important opportunities for improvement.
- Over 250,000 people in England are diagnosed with cancer every year and around 130,000 die from the disease. Currently, about 1.8 million people are living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis.
- Cancer survival rates measure the percentage of people who survive a particular type of cancer for a specific amount of time, often one or five years.
- The government's cancer outcomes strategy, published in January 2011, states that 'our aspiration is that England should achieve cancer outcomes which are comparable with the best in the world.' The NHS Commissioning Board will be held to account for progress.
- One-year and five-year cancer survival have been identified as areas for improvement in the NHS Outcomes Framework and 2011's cancer strategy commits to saving an additional 5,000 lives by 2015.
- If England was to achieve cancer survival rates equal to the European average, then 5,000 lives would be saved every year. If England was to achieve cancer survival rates equal to the European best, then 10,000 lives would be saved every year.
- The incidence of different cancers in England can be found on the Office for National Statistics website.
- The report's source for the statistics on international comparisons of cancer survival is a recent major study published in The Lancet in January 2011. This study was the first publication to come out of the work of the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership. (The Lancet, vol 377, no 9760, pp 127–38.)
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