Rise in cancer survival rates
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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