The All Wales Cancer Annual Report, published today by Health Minister Lesley Griffiths, shows the number of people surviving cancer treatment was estimated to be around 110,000 in 2009, with this expected to rise to 140,000 by 2016.
The report shows:
- over the last 15 years, Wales has experienced the fastest rate of change across the UK for survival rates at one and five years for all cancers;
- prevention is improving, with three in every four eligible women being screened for breast cancer, and Breast Test Wales having the highest cancer detection rate of any UK breast screening programme;
- the number of people accessing screening services for bowel cancer also continues to improve, with more than 400,000 people invited for screening;
- the NHS has consistently met the 31 day target for urgent treatment for patients referred to hospital for reasons other than suspected cancer; and,
- the NHS is on track to meet a target of 20 per cent of patients consenting to donate tissue to the Wales Cancer Bank, which allows scientists to undertake research into cancer prevention and cure.
Lesley Griffiths said:
“The hard work of NHS staff together with continued investment and new, faster treatment means Wales has witnessed the biggest rate of improvement for cancer survival in the UK.
“Cancer is still Wales’s biggest killer disease, however, and there is still more to do. We need to improve performance against the 62 day target for those newly diagnosed with cancer, and diagnose cancer at earlier stages.
“The Cancer Delivery Plan, which I published in June, sets out early diagnosis as a priority for the NHS, to help us build on these improvements.”