Top cancer diagnosis figure

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West Suffolk has the best diagnosis rates for cancer in the country.

New figures published by the Health and Social Care Information centre show that 59 per cent of cancers in the area covered by the NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are diagnosed at stage one or two, higher than anywhere else in the country.

This is compared to a national average of 41 per cent of diagnosis in the first two of four stages of diagnosis.

By being diagnosed at an early stage, patients have a much better chance of survival and recovery.

Philip Worsley, from the West Suffolk Cancer Services Users Group, said: “These figures are extremely encouraging and we welcome the work being done to ensure local people are given the best possible chance of surviving cancer, in particular the Cancer Awareness Education Days organised by the West Suffolk CCG for west Suffolk GPs.

“This year, Cancer Research UK stated that, due to improvements in treatment and earlier diagnosis, more than 50 per cent of patients diagnosed with cancer now survive the disease. However, we must not be complacent as cancer survival rates in the UK are still among the lowest in Europe.”