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Photo – Emily with McMillan Cancer Campaign Pledge 

Photo – Emily with McMillan Cancer Campaign Pledge


Labour’s Prospective Member of Parliament for Sutton and Cheam, Emily Brothers is today helping the 5,200 people with cancer in Sutton to receive priority care. According to Cancer Research UK, 1,611 cases of cancer are diagnosed each year in Sutton, with 732 cancer deaths per year. By the end of the next Parliament one in two people in Sutton and Cheam will face a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. However, cancer survival rates in the UK are currently amongst the worst in Europe, for a number of reasons including delayed diagnosis and unequal access to treatments. In response to this evidence, Ms Brothers said:
“I’m committed to support improvements in cancer outcomes so they start to match the best in Europe by the end of the next Parliament. That’s why Labour will guarantee one week cancer tests, to ensure early diagnosis and intervention.
“I support the development of a life sciences cluster here in Sutton, to be at the centre of that challenge. The Institute for Cancer Research along with the Royal Marsden Hospital provide world class research and care respectively. We can build on that local expertise for the benefit of people here in Sutton, across Britain and beyond.
“I understand that one-year cancer survival in Sutton is 67.9%, similar to the English average (68.2%). However, I’m very conscious that the English average is lower than in the best performing countries in Europe, so there is much room for improvement.
“I’m ambitious for our NHS to have the best cancer survival rates in Europe, which could save up to 10,000 lives a year. This is why we must raise the level of early cancer diagnosis – when treatment is more likely to be successful – with further public information campaigns, as well as ensuring GP’s have the training and support they need to spot symptoms and refer patients speedily.
“My commitment is a first step towards achieving one-week access to key tests for all urgent diagnostics by 2025 - saving lives and saving hundreds of millions a year in NHS costs for treating conditions diagnosed late. Quick access to cancer tests will ensure people diagnosed with the disease can start treatment earlier and will also help reduce the anxiety involved in waiting for their results.
“Labour’s cancer test guarantee will be made possible by £750 million new investment over five years, matched by revenue raised through a new levy on tobacco firms which make huge profits on the back of ill-health. Smoking is the UK’s largest single cause of premature preventable deaths.”
Labour’s plans for early cancer diagnosis include:
• A one week cancer test guarantee;
• Better public awareness and encouragement to go to the GP;
• Better access to ensure the public can get to see their GP;
• Better support and training for GP’s to spot cancer and commission tests;
• Improved screening programmes.

For information about the cancer population in Sutton, please visit the new Local Cancer Intelligence tool at www.macmillan.org.uk/lci developed by Macmillan and Public Health England’s National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN). In addition to providing 20 years of local cancer prevalence data it also provides incidence, survival and mortality figures and patient experience data for each Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
No one should face cancer alone, so people with cancer and their families can call McMillan free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk


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