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The impact of the covid-19 pandemic on cancer deaths due to delays in diagnosis in England

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Communications

National cancer plans

Background

In 2011, ‘Improving Outcomes: a strategy for cancer’ was published to raise awareness of the symptoms of cancer and further support earlier diagnosis. So, has progress been made. Quite naturally, policy makers as well as the public need to see how efficient these policies have been at addressing their aims.

Data and methods

To find out we used data from 3.5 m patients to look at the difference between the richest and the poorest patients surviving cancer and whether this has changed over time.

And this is what we found…

Results

In 2013 more people are surviving cancer longer, but the deprivation gap still looks the same.

We believe the various policies and strategies have made a difference in some areas but not in reducing inequalities/the deprivation gap.

Recommendations

We recommend looking more closely at how the NHS interacts with the poorest and whether policies that target the health care system, rather than individual behavior, could reduce the inequalities. 


Aimilia Exarchakou

Research Fellow