Rise In Cancer Survival Rates Must Continue

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Cancer Survival Rates

Continued improvements in cancer survival rates in Northern Ireland reflect the significant developments in cancer care services said Health Minister Michael McGimpsey.

Following the publication of the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry (NICR) report at Queen's, which showed a drop in male and female mortality rates, the Minister said that he was committed to improving access to treatment and specialist drugs.


He said: "It is heartening to see that cancer survival rates have risen. Over recent years, there have been significant improvements in the management of cancer care both in diagnostic and treatment services. The opening of the cancer centre at Belfast City Hospital marked a major step forward in cancer services and underlines my commitment to providing world class cancer care. Earlier diagnosis, and the consolidation of services in fewer specialist sites, have made the difference.

"Advances in medicine bring new treatments and specialist drugs which offer real prospects of saving and changing lives for cancer patients. I am committed to improving access to services which will transform their lives. However, I cannot do this without the necessary resources so I will continue to press for the funding needed to develop and improve services."

"The DHSSPS is working closely with Health and Social Care bodies and the Northern Ireland Cancer Network to ensure patients have timely access to diagnosis and treatment. New targets have also been introduced to ensure patients have rapid access to services to assess, diagnose and treat cancer.

"I must also acknowledge the important contribution of voluntary sector organisations, patient's interest groups and service planners in addressing the needs of cancer patients and their families.

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