A recent analysis by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, reported in The Times, has revealed that there has been little change in the number of people surviving cancer since 2000.

The purpose of the study, commissioned by Cancer Research UK, was to assess the impact of the NHS Cancer Plan introduced in 2000 which aimed to reduce inequalities in cancer care as well as improve survival rates in comparison to those in Europe.

The research analysed data related to 3.5 million people who were diagnosed with cancer between 1996 and 2013.

The lead author of the report commented that “We found little evidence that cancer policies have had a direct impact on survival in England, with outcomes consistently worse among the more deprived patients.”

According to The Times, Professor Sir Mike Richards, who oversaw the Cancer Plan, commented that “what we need to do now is focus on early diagnosis.”

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