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Cancer

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his Department's strategy is for tackling cancer; and if he will make a statement; (243181)

(2) what his Department's strategy is for tackling prostate cancer; and if he will make a statement.

In December 2007, the Government published the Cancer Reform Strategy, which sets out plans over the next five years to further improve and develop cancer services across England for all people with cancer. The strategy includes measures to improve cancer prevention, raise awareness among health professionals and the public of the signs and symptoms of cancer, speed up the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, reduce inequalities, improve the experience of people living with and beyond cancer, ensure care is delivered in the most appropriate settings, and that patients can access effective new treatments quickly. A copy has already been placed in the Library.

The first annual report for the strategy, ‘Cancer Reform Strategy: Maintaining momentum, building for the future’, published on 1 December 2008, shows that good progress is being made. A copy has been placed in the Library.

The strategy and first annual report include action to improve further the outcomes and services for men with prostate cancer, which is being taken forward by the NHS Prostate Cancer Programme, led by the National Cancer Director, Professor Mike Richards.