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Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 60427, tabled on 21 October 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help (a) reduce cancer death rates and (b) increase life expectancy.

Answered on

26 October 2021

The NHS Long Term Plan sets out the ambition that, the proportion of cancers diagnosed at stages 1 and 2 will rise from approximately 54% to 75% by 2028 and 55,000 more people each year will survive their cancer for at least five years after diagnosis.

The Long Term Plan focuses primarily on fast and early diagnosis for all cancers, raising greater awareness of symptoms of cancer, lowering the threshold for referral by general practitioners and accelerating access to diagnosis and treatment by investing in rapid diagnostic centres and targeted lung health checks.

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