Rise in can­cer sur­vival rates

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your - By DAVID SEY­MOUR david.sey­mour@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

CAN­CER sur­vival rates for pa­tients in Peter­bor­ough have im­proved, but re­main adrift from those for peo­ple be­ing treated in the rest of Cam­bridgeshire.

New fig­ures from the Govern­ment’s Of­fice for National Sta­tis­tics (ONS) show the one-year sur­vival rate for all can­cers for peo­ple aged be­tween 15 and 99 rose from 65.4 per cent in 2008 to 66.4 per cent in 2009 in the NHS Peter­bor­ough area.

This means around two-thirds of can­cer pa­tients in Peter­bor­ough sur­vived the year.

The sur­vival rate has climbed each year for a decade, but is still lower than the rate in the rest of the county, with NHS Cam­bridgeshire hav­ing an iden­ti­cal rise of one per cent to 70.4 per cent in 2009. The av­er­age for Eng­land was 66.5 per cent, slightly above Peter­bor­ough.

In re­sponse, Peter­bor­ough’s Pri­mary Care Trust (PCT) stressed the year-on-year im­prove­ment in sur­vival rates in its area.

Sue Mitchell, as­so­ci­ate di­rec­tor for pub­lic health at NHS Pe- ter­bor­ough, said: “Our or­gan­i­sa­tional pri­or­ity is to im­prove life ex­pectancy and qual­ity of health ser­vices in Peter­bor­ough, by im­prov­ing ser­vices and fo­cus­ing on pre­ven­tion of health prob­lems, early iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of dis­eases and can­cers, and ap­pro­pri­ate man­age­ment and op­ti­mal treat­ment of long-term con­di­tions.

“It is im­por­tant that peo­ple en­gage with screen­ing pro­grammes to de­tect can­cers as early as pos­si­ble.

“We’ve worked to raise aware­ness of can­cer screen­ing ser­vices; we have rolled out a new col­orec­tal screen­ing pro­gramme; and we have ex­tended the age range for breast can­cer screen­ing.

“We con­tin­u­ally re­view ser­vices to look at how we can im­prove ac­cess to can­cer treat­ments and pro­vide ser­vices in the commu- nity close to pa­tients.”

Peter­bor­ough’s fig­ure has fallen fur­ther be­hind the fig­ure for Cam­bridgeshire. Ten years ago the dif­fer­ence was 2.1 per cent, it now stands at four per cent.

Cllr Wayne Fitzger­ald, cabi­net mem­ber for adult so­cial care at Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, wel­comed the rise in can­cer sur­vival rates, but said it was “not a sur­prise” Peter­bor­ough’s fig­ure was still be­low that of Cam­bridgeshire’s PCT.

He said he felt the dis­par­ity was due to dif­fer­ences in the make-up of the two ar­eas – in wealth, ed­u­ca­tion and so­cial de­mo­graphic – which had a broad af­fect on Peter­bor­ough’s health in­di­ca­tors.

He said: “We are never go­ing to catch up on other parts of the county be­cause our de­mo­graphic.

go­ing to africa: Staff at El esha hair sa­lon fundrais­ing to help Laura Flatt, pic­tured cen­tre, get to Africa. (METP-10-12-11DL003) Pic­ture: DAVID LOWN­DES. A TEENAGER has thanked her friends and col­leagues for their sup­port in her bid to raise funds to go to South Africa.

Laura Flatt (18), who works at El esha hair sa­lon, is try­ing to raise £2,200 so she can travel to South Africa in May 2012 to work at an or­phan­age and help build a com­mu­nity cen­tre.

Staff at the sa­lon, in Broad­way, Peter­bor­ough or­gan­ised a fundrais­ing day last Satur­day when they dressed up as an­i­mals.

Laura said: “They have re­ally helped me at the sa­lon. They have been re­ally sup­port­ive.

“Go­ing to Africa will be the first time I have ever been abroad so it’s not just a nor­mal hol­i­day for me.”

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