Survival rate for cancer needs to be improved.
EASINGTON MP Grahame Morris has shown his support for improving UK one-year survival rates while attending an All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer (APPGC) event in Parliament.
By 2020, almost half of the UK population will receive a cancer diagnosis during their lifetime.
Cancer survival rates in the UK are among the worst in Europe, which many believe is down to late diagnosis.
At the event, Mr Morris was presented with the cancer survival rates for Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group showing that 67% of local people with cancer will live for a year after diagnosis. This is lower than the national one-year survival rate for England of 69%.
By comparison, the one-year survival rate in Sweden is 81%.
The APPGC published a short report at the event which highlights that from April 2015 oneyear survival rates have been included in the Delivery Dashboard of the CCG Assurance Framework - the highest tier of accountability at a local level.
Mr Morris will Chair the APPGC which brings together MPs and Peers from across the political spectrum to debate key issues and campaign together to improve cancer services.