It is clear there is more work to be done and it is more important than ever that the measures outlined in the Cancer Reform Strategy
are implemented locally."
More than a decade after the last Government launched its NHS Cancer Plan and almost five years after its Cancer Reform Strategy
, the gap in survival rates between England and the best-performing European countries has not closed, a parliamentary report said today.
The 2007 English Cancer Reform Strategy
 highlighted the importance of cancer survivorship, using the US National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) definition, 'living through and beyond cancer' .
IT IS good news that lung cancer survival figures in the North-West are among the best performers in England, as published in the Second Annual Report of the Cancer Reform Strategy
The Department of Health's cancer reform strategy
report showed, for example, that a lung cancer patient in Hertfordshire was three times more likely to die within a year than a patient in Kensington and Chelsea.
"Rates of malignant melanoma are rapidly rising and experts believe that - along with binge-tanning on foreign holidays - using sunbeds is one of the main reasons." A spokesman for the Department of Health says: "As part of the Cancer Reform Strategy
we are taking the lead on reviewing options for possible regulation of the sunbed industry.
Our suppliers have met the demand." The DoH spokesman said under the Cancer Reform Strategy
all women should receive the results of their cervical screening test within 14 days by 2010.
The Department of Health has launched a new national awareness and early detection initiative as part of the cancer reform strategy
in order to improve public awareness and encourage fast referral of cancer, with pilot schemes in 20 primary care trusts in England.
"By increasing the age range of women taking part, the trust is at the forefront of the government's Cancer Reform Strategy
which recommended this measure.
"One of the key aims of the Cancer Reform Strategy
is to reduce inequalities in cancer incidence and increase access to high quality cancer care and cancer outcomes.
Following bans on smoking in public and cigarette sales to under-18s, he wants to introduce further measures as part of his five-year Cancer Reform Strategy
The second annual cancer reform strategy
report released by the Department of Health showed, for example, that a lung cancer patient in Herefordshire was three times more likely to die within a year of diagnosis than a patient in Kensington and Chelsea.