Test Cancer Sooner

Test cancer sooner petition

We know the earlier a person’s cancer is diagnosed, the better chance they have of successful treatment; the Cancer Taskforce estimated that 11,000 lives could be saved each year from early diagnosis.

We mobilised supporters to sign our petition calling on the Government to Test Cancer Sooner by addressing staff shortages and investing more in cancer tests.

Our shops, staff and Cancer Campaigns Ambassadors all got behind the campaign – collecting over 24,600 signatures in just six weeks!

In his Spending Review in November, Chancellor George Osborne confirmed the NHS would have up to £300m a year, each year up to 2020 to speed up cancer diagnosis.

Why we campaigned

Early diagnosis saves lives. The following infographic shows the difference between survival chances between being diagnosed at an early stage, compared to a late stage. This blog outlines the top five reasons we must diagnose cancer sooner.

How we made it happen

We mobilised supporters to sign our petition calling on the Government to Test Cancer Sooner. Our shops, staff and Cancer Campaigns Ambassadors all got behind the campaign – collecting over 24,600 signatures in just six weeks!

We wanted Chancellor George Osborne to announce how the earmarked Department of Health funding would be spent up to 2020, year-by-year in the Autumn Spending Review, so we handed in the petition to Number 11 Downing Street.

What we achieved

In his Spending Review in November, Chancellor George Osborne confirmed the NHS would have up to £300m a year, each year up to 2020 to improve equipment and address staff shortages, saving thousands of lives.

This is a fantastic step in the right direction, but we’re still waiting to hear the exact details of how the earmarked money will be spent. We will now work closely with the NHS to monitor the introduction of these changes, and make sure that this extra funding leads to improvements that will test cancer sooner and improve cancer diagnosis for thousands of patients every year.

More information

If you’re interested in our wider work on early diagnosis take a look at these blogs:

If you have questions about the campaign you can contact us at campaigning@cancer.org.uk.

Ambassador Emily Weekes on why she supports the campaign

"I was amazed with the doctor’s ability to catch my mother’s breast cancer early, luckily because of this she was able to survive." 

 

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