Nationally, one in two people will be diagnosed with cancer over the course of their lives.
Locally, according to the GP and Outcomes Framework (QOF) cancer register in 2014/15 there are 15,244 people diagnosed with cancer living in our area. This means that 2.8% of our population currently have a cancer diagnosis. This is higher than the England average of 2.3%.
Patients living in west Hampshire are living in one of the best areas of the country for cancer treatment, according to figures released by NHS England.
The data, available to view on the myNHS website, confirms that:
– Almost 90% of patients rate their cancer treatment highly.
– 87.8% of patients receive their first treatment for cancer within 62 days of their first urgent GP referral.
– One year survival rates for cancer in west Hampshire are at 73%, above the national average.
This means patients in west Hampshire are living in one of the top 30 parts of the country for cancer treatment, out of 209 CCG areas.
Over half of our patients with cancer are diagnosed at an early stage, which means they have a better chance of making a full recovery. We want to see this number increase, so it is vitally important that patients take up the opportunity for a cancer screening when it is offered. Cancer screenings save thousands of lives every year across England. If anyone is concerned that they are showing the signs of cancer, we encourage them to see their GP.
The ratings, put together by NHS England, are broken down by CCG area. West Hampshire is one of the biggest CCGs in the country, covering a population of over half a million people, from Lymington to Andover and covering the areas surrounding Lyndhurst, Winchester, Romsey and Eastleigh.
Find out more about our cancer strategy
Read our Cancer Strategy Summary plan on a page.
How to reduce the risk of getting cancer
Many people believe that getting cancer is purely down to genes, fate or bad luck however experts estimate up to 40% of cancers in the UK could be prevented by making lifestyle changes.
The main things you can do to reduce your risk include:
• Stopping smoking
• Maintaining a healthy weight
• Eating a healthy diet
• Reducing your alcohol intake
• Keeping physically active
• Reducing your time in the sun
To find out more about healthy living visit www.nhs.uk/livewell