Cancer survival rates improving

The first annual cancer report shows survival rates are improving, but that cancer is still Wales's biggest killer.

Improvement in the overall number of people surviving cancer each year

The NHS in Wales has failed to reach one of its key targets on the treatment of cancer -- for the fifth year in a row.

An official report has shown that they are still not starting to treat ninety-five per cent of newly diagnosed patients within 62 days of being referred by their GP.

But there has been a big improvement in the overall number of people surviving the disease each year. That's rising faster than any other part of the UK. Health Correspondent Mariclare Carey-Jones reports

'Still more to do in cancer fight' says Health Minister

Lesley Griffiths
The NHS must improve the treatment of cancer, according to the Health Minister Credit: Welsh Government

Health Minister Lesley Griffiths says there is 'still more to do' in the fight against cancer in Wales.

She said: "The hard work of NHS staff together with continued investment and new, faster treatment means Wales has witnessed the biggest rate of improvement for cancer survival in the UK.

Cancer is still Wales' biggest killer disease, however, and there is still more to do. We need to improve performance against the 62-day target for those newly diagnosed with cancer, and diagnose cancer at earlier stages."

It comes as a national report into cancer in Wales is published today.

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Cancer survival rate 'improving faster than rest of UK'

doctor's looking at scan
Cancer is still the biggest killer in Wales Credit: Chris Ison PA Archive

Survival rates for cancer are improving faster in Wales than in any other part of the UK, but the disease is still Wales's biggest killer - according to the first annual cancer report.

The All Wales Cancer Annual Report, published today by Health Minister Lesley Griffiths, shows the number of people surviving cancer treatment was estimated to be around 110,000 in 2009, and is expected to rise to 140,000 by 2016.

But the report also identified that targets still need to be met, including the diagnosis of cancer at an earlier stage and treatment getting underway sooner.