10,000 Lives Could Be Saved With Improved Cancer Services

A Health Foundation review of Government records has found 10,000 lives could be saved if cancer services were improved.

The report, which looks at data from 1995 to 2015, highlights the severity of the situation and identifies that England is clearly lagging behind in terms of effective cancer treatment.

Prof Sir Mike Richards, who was the country's first National Cancer Director at the Department of Health, led the review and said patients had been finding it too difficult to access the necessary tests and scans, which created a delay in diagnosis.

Medical Negligence Lawyer Ramune Mickeviciute warned that, although each situation is unique, early diagnosis by General Practitioners and the NHS remains key to a more positive prognosis and increases patient survival rates.

“It’s important to consider that some cancers are more difficult to diagnose, for example, Bowel cancer can be confused with Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Nevertheless, that still requires the doctor to exclude the possibility of someone having cancer, where failure to do so might be negligent.”
“Some cancers can be more aggressive than others, therefore requiring earlier intervention for effective treatment. Following that it is important to seek the advice of the doctor as soon as is possible, and failure to do so would exclude your doctor from liability for late diagnosis,” – she said.

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Information partially sourced from data found in a Health Foundation review and BBC news article.