At least 115,000 cancer patients in England are diagnosed at an advanced stage every year, too late to have the best chance of survival, experts say.
Efforts to improve people's chances by spotting tumors early when they can be where the cancer may have started to spread, or stage 4, where it has reached other organs and is known as secondary or metastatic cancer. About 67,000 are diagnosed with stage 4 every year and their treatment options are much smaller.
CRUK says that their number may be even higher, as there is no evidence of a stage where 1
The Government's long-term plan for the NHS sets an ambitious target of three-quarters of cancers to be taken early by 2028 – stages 1 and 2, when treatment is more likely. By then, there will be approximately 320,000 cancers, so at least 100,000 more will need to be caught early to hit the target.
But, says CRUK, this is impossible without more staff. One in 10 diagnostic points is unoccupied. "It is unacceptable for so many people to be diagnosed late. Although survival has improved, it is not happening fast enough, "says Emma Greenwood, director of policy.
" More referral to the hospital means we need more staff urgently. Government inaction on staff shortages cripples NGOs, knocking down cancer patients and doctors and nurses who work tirelessly to diagnose and treat them.
"By 2035, every person will be diagnosed with cancer every minute, but there is no plan to increase the number of NHS staff to cope with the demand now or the increasing number in the future. Saving cancer life should be on the new government's agenda and it must commit to investing in vital NHS staff now to ensure that no one dies from cancer unnecessarily. "
There are a number of reasons why cancers develop from the time people are diagnosed. Many people in the UK ignore their symptoms. "When we looked at international studies, they showed that the British are kind of weird compared to other groups in similar countries around the world because we don't want to bother the doctor. This is largely due to the fact that we do not want to waste your doctor's time, "says Sarah Hyom of CRUK.
But this reluctance, responsible for up to one in four delays in an audit last year, is fueled by the awareness that the NHS
Innovation in testing and treatment introduced in other countries is being delayed in the UK due to staff shortages, she added. These include lung cancer scans and diagnostic tests.
By 2027, the NHS in England needed it is from an additional 1,700 radiologists – people reporting imaging scans – increasing the total to nearly 4,800; tripling cancer oncologists from 1,155 to 3,000; and hiring another 2,000 radiographs, says CRUK.
radiologist Dr. Giles Muskel said they may experience tightening of the tight body as the number of patients diagnosed with cancer is fitted in line with an aging population. "Additional scanners are welcome, but they will accomplish nothing without the staff to manage them and experts to interpret the scan. "It's like buying a fleet of non-pilot aircraft to fly them," he said.
Trusts are working hard to meet cancer waiting times, according to NHS providers who represent them, but the growing number Cancer patients, the inability to invest in new machines, and the severe shortage of labor, especially for endoscopists and radiologists, all contribute to the delays.
Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashert blamed the government. The cancer rate is huge and these numbers are a reminder that years of Torrey interruption and bewilderment have left patients unable to see on time or wait longer to worry about test results, "he says. " Early diagnosis leads to better results and the government must urgently submit a fully funded staff plan to our NHS. "
Breast cancer charities say delays are deeply concerned. " While more women have breast cancer than ever before, unfortunately there is a big difference in survival rates when women are diagnosed at a later stage and we need to act now," says Gunnes Kalkan of Cancer on the breast. Breast care and cancer now.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare said: "Cancer is a priority for this government. The survival rate is record high and in the long term, the NHS is committed to detecting three-quarters of all early-stage cancers by 2028.
"We currently have over 900 more diagnostic radiographs working in the NHS when compared to 2017, and the record £ 33.9bn we invest in our NHS every year, will ensure that we can support the healthcare service with the staff we need for the future. “