Today (4 February) is World Cancer Day and Derby City Council will be joining millions of people across the globe to raise awareness about cancer diseases and encourage their prevention, detection and treatment.

Derby City Councillor Martin Repton, Cabinet Member for Integrated Health and Care, said it was vital that people took advantage of available screening as this enabled the early detection of cancer and saves lives. He said:

“World Cancer Day is a great way to spread the word and get as many people as possible to talk about cancer and getting screened early. Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, of which four million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69). Nationally, every couple of minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer and four in ten of these are preventable.

In 2014 approximately 28.2 percent of deaths in Derby were caused by cancer. Fortunately the survival rate is improving with two in four people surviving beyond 10 years of diagnosis and treatment despite an increase in cancer diagnoses.”

Studies have shown that the treatment for cancer is most effective when it is detected in its early stages. NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) reports that:

  • 76.8 percent of females aged 50 to 70 years are screened for breast cancer within six months of an invitation
  • 77.7 percent of females aged 25 to 64 years attended cervical screening within the target period
  • 61.1 percent of people aged 60 to 69 years have been screened for bowel cancer in the last 30 months; and
  • 92.3 percent of 12 to 13 year old females in Derby have the HPV vaccine to protect against cervical cancer.

The Department of Health estimates that cancer costs the NHS £5 billion a year and 42.7 percent of cancers are preventable. It reports that one third of cancers are caused by poor lifestyle choices – smoking, bad diet, harmful levels of alcohol consumption and obesity. Help and advice about this is available through Livewell.

World Cancer Day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer. It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.

Please visit NHS Choices to learn more about available cancer screening.

Published: Saturday 4th February 2017