Durkan calls for world-class one-year cancer survival rates
At the first meeting of the new parliamentary term’s APPGC – which brings together MPs and Peers from across the political spectrum to debate key issues and campaign together to improve cancer services – Mr Durkan was presented with the cancer survival rates in Northern Ireland which showed that on average 69.1% of local people will live for a year after diagnosis. By comparison, the one-year survival rate in Sweden is 81%.
Mr Durkan said: “Only 68.5% of people in the Western Trust area – and 69.1% on average in Northern Ireland – live for a year or more after a cancer diagnosis. In Sweden, the figure is 81%.
“More work is therefore needed through earlier diagnosis to increase this number, as we have among the lowest survival rates in Europe.
“Better screening uptake, diagnostics at Primary Care, public awareness and GP training are all possible initiatives which would help.
“Indeed, improving early diagnosis is key to improving cancer survival rates, and would save many lives each year as a result."