If the new 10-Year Cancer Plan is to be successful in delivering world leading and transformative change, the One Cancer Voice community made up of more than 50 cancer charities believe it must meet 10 tests.
30 March 2022
The One Cancer Voice community of charities have set out the following 10 tests that the new 10-Year Cancer Plan needs to meet in order to be successful:
As a cancer community of over 50 cancer charities, representing millions of people living with cancer, we welcome the Government’s Call for Evidence to inform a new 10-year Cancer Plan and the opportunity for people living with cancer and the public to provide their views. People living with cancer must be at the heart of cancer care and support. They should be involved in their care and decisions about their treatment and they should be involved in the development of cancer services. Their views should inform the next Cancer Plan.
Drawing on our collective experiences from supporting people living with cancer, research, data and insight, we have developed this consensus statement, setting out what actions Government and the NHS need to take to ensure people diagnosed with cancer in England get the very best care and treatment.
There are around 313,000 new cancer cases in England every year, that’s around 858 people diagnosed every day. Cancer remains one of England’s biggest killers with 137,234 people dying of cancer in 2020. This has increased by 8% since 2001 and will continue to increase as more people are diagnosed with the disease each year.
This new Cancer Plan must be ambitious in scope to recover from the pandemic and to close the gap between England and the best performing countries in the world. The pandemic has affected cancer care, with an estimated 33,000 people missing from the system. Our survival continues to lag behind the best performing countries in the world. There is an urgent need to level up by focusing on inequalities across the cancer pathway so that everyone gets the very best cancer care.