Advancements in Cancer Care: How Cancer Research UK has Saved Over a Million Lives in the UK

2023-09-02 09:12:00

Cancer Research UK has carried out analysis showing that over the past four decades more than a million lives have been saved in the UK thanks to advances in cancer care.

Cancer deaths in the UK fell by about a quarter in the mid-1980s. If the rates had remained the same, the charity reported, more than 1.2 million people would have died of cancer.

There is no doubt that progress in increasing the rate of cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment, including the improvement of radiotherapy, cancer screening programs, measures to prevent the emergence of cancer, the development of drugs and the discovery of genes, has contributed to the decrease in the rate of cancer, according to what the website published. Sky News.

However, the charity said cancer deaths were still the leading cause of death in the UK. The developments were not equal across all types of cancer, with more cancer deaths being prevented in men than in women, thanks to earlier declines in smoking rates among men.

In detail, about 560,000 deaths from lung cancer were prevented in the mid-1980s, thanks to the low smoking rate. While about 236,000 deaths from stomach cancer were avoided, due to the rare infection of Helicobacter pylori, and 224,000 deaths from bowel cancer were averted, thanks to the chemotherapy that is given to patients, which facilitates the removal of tumors.

Also, 17,000 breast cancer deaths were averted, thanks to the introduction of breast screening programs and drug development.

In this regard, Professor Jane Abraham, who works on breast cancer programs at the University of Cambridge, considered that the amazing progress has led to a rise in the rate of cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

“This is a golden age for cancer research,” he said. “With my area of ​​expertise in diagnosing treatments for breast cancer, we are now able to complete genome sequencing from lab to clinic in days, up from months.”

Cancer Research UK cited long waiting times as a worrying condition for cancer patients, causing them to face fear and uncertainty.

NHS England data revealed that the number of people waiting to start routine hospital treatment in England reached a new record, with 7.6 million people on the waiting list at the end of June, up from 7.5 million in May. This is the highest number recorded with the start of registration in August 2007.

The NHS said the strikes had a significant impact on testing appointments and procedures, with some 778,000 hospital appointments being rescheduled.

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