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Dorset One Of The Best Areas For One Year Cancer Survival


6:50am 15th August 2014

Dorset's been named as one of the best-preforming areas in England for one year cancer survival rates.

Macmillan Cancer Support say that Dorset is above the national average, with 29% of people diagnosed with cancer dying within a year of being diagnosed.

That's much better than the lowest performing areas, where almost four in 10 (38%) of cancer patients die within just 12 months of diagnosis.

There are 3 Macmillan GPs in Dorset who work closely with Dorset CCG to influence and improve the quality of care received from diagnosis through to survivorship and end of life. A priority area is earlier diagnosis of cancer. They are engaging with GP peers and primary care teams to raise the profile of cancer and encouraging the uptake of Macmillan tools and models of good practice.

David Crosby, General Manager for England at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:

"We're now at a stage that in Dorset 71% of people diagnosed with cancer will live for more than a year after diagnosis. Although this is better than the England average, as a nation our survival rates continue to lag behind other European countries. Failure to act now will see us fall further behind.

"All the Westminster political parties must make cancer a top health priority ahead of the general election and commit to reducing the number of people who are diagnosed late."

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