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This will help to reduce the death rate from cancer, improve prospects for survival and improve quality of life for those affected by cancer.Reducing the delay before first going to see a GP among patients from disadvantaged groups can reduce inequalities in cancer outcomes.Locally, cancer poses particular challenges to the health of the population of Middlesbrough.Overall, incidence of cancer is higher than national levels and survival from some cancers, is among the worst in the country.Age Cancer can develop at any age, but is most common amongst older people.This is because the changes that make a cell become cancerous in the first place take a long time to develop.
It also suggests possible reasons why men are at more risk of both getting and dying from so many cancers.
Cancer screening has the potential to make a major contribution to early diagnosis initiatives and will best be achieved through uptake strategies that emphasise wide coverage, informed choice and equitable distribution of cancer screening services. 2012/04 Improve awareness of cancer signs and symptoms.
Early diagnosis and treatment of cancer is an important factor in improving outcomes for cancer services. Rapid diagnosis and treatment improves not only survival but also the quality of life of survivors and reduces their longer term care needs.
Cancer mortality is the largest contributor to premature death (deaths in people under 75 years). Lifestyle risk factors The high levels of excess mortality from cancer can be attributed in part, to the excessively high levels of risk factors in both socioeconomic and lifestyle terms.
Lifestyle factors that contribute to the burden of cancer include high smoking prevalence rates, high and increasing levels of obesity combined with a low uptake of physical activity and excessive levels of alcohol consumption. Improving screening uptake Participation in the national screening programmes for breast, cervical, and bowel cancer can significantly reduce a person’s risk of developing one of these cancers.Early diagnosis requires that individuals are aware of the symptoms of early cancer, that they have access to primary care professionals and seek advice from them if symptoms occur, that these symptoms are then identified as potential symptoms of cancer, and finally that appropriate investigations and referrals are initiated. Important to improving early diagnosis is to have better information on the stage of cancer at diagnosis.