20,000 cancer deaths every year could be avoided

Tens of thousands of people a year are dying unnecessarily of cancer simply because they are elderly or poor, a report has revealed. Sean Duffy, national clinical director for cancer at NHS England, said he accepted that survival rates needed to improve: ‘Cancer survival rates in England are at an all-time high … it’s time for a fresh look at how we can do even better – with more focus on prevention, earlier diagnosis and modern radiotherapy and other services so that over the next five years we can save at least 8,000 more lives a year.’

Daily Mail