Is cancer diagnosed early enough in Southend West?

More statistics from Cancer Research UK

One-year survival

One-year cancer survival in NHS Southend CCG (66.3%) is similar to the English average (68.2%). However, the English average is lower than in the best performing countries in Europe, so there is much room for improvement. (One-year survival can be improved by earlier diagnosis and better access to high quality treatment.)

Referral to a specialist

A similar proportion of patients urgently referred with suspected cancer see a specialist within two weeks in NHS Southend CCG (94.9%) than the English average (95.3%). (The two week wait standard supports early diagnosis.)

Referral for treatment

More patients (90.0%) in NHS Southend CCG receive their first treatment for cancer within 62 days of an urgent GP referral than the English average (85.8%), meeting the waiting time target of 85%. (The speed at which patients receive their first treatment can be an indicator of clinical success.)

Waiting for a diagnostic test

A higher proportion of patients wait 6 weeks or less for a diagnostic test for cancer (99.9%) in NHS Southend CCG than the English average (99.0%), meeting the waiting time target of 99%. (Early diagnosis is crucial to improving cancer survival, and quick access to diagnostic tests is important for the early diagnosis of cancer.)

Cancer awareness

Nearly 1 in 5 people in the East of England were not aware when prompted that a persistent cough or hoarseness is a symptom or sign of cancer. (Awareness raising campaigns such as Be Clear on Cancer are key to ensuring cancer is diagnosed at a stage when treatment is more successful.)

1,920 cancer cases per year
983 cancer deaths per year
(Former South East Essex PCT.)

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