Best cancer detection rate

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Early cancer diagnosis in West Suffolk is the best in England according to new figures that have been issued.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre has published figures showing that 59 per cent of cancers in the West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group are diagnosed at stage one and two, higher than elsewhere and well above the national average of 41 per cent.

Cancers are diagnosed at four stages which determine how far the cancer may have spread, stage one being the earliest. Early diagnosis offers patients a much better chance of survival.

Cancer Research UK has said that due to improvements in treatment and early diagnosis more than 50 per cent of patients diagnosed now survive the disease.

Cllr Alan Murray, chairman of Suffolk’s Health and Well Being Board, said: “These figures are very welcome and will come as extremely encouraging news to people in West Suffolk. The figures are included in the HSCI’s report on health services.