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Predicted ONS deaths from kidney cancer too high

by | Oct 31, 2014 | Kidney Cancer News

Predicted ONS deaths from kidney cancer too high

Kidney Cancer UK have stated that the predicted death rate from kidney cancer within the first year and predicted rates for fifth-year of the disease are unacceptable and are calling for action to be taken.
Speaking following the publication of figures from the Office of National Statistic (ONC) that over all cancer survival rates are improving, CEO of Kidney Cancer UK, Nicholas Turkentine, said; “Whilst we welcome any news of improvement in cancer survival rates we must not become complacent. We remain deeply concerned that second-line life-extending drugs are being denied to some kidney cancer patients in what can only be described as a postcode lottery, meanwhile people continue to suffer unnecessarily. The ONS figures predict that within the first-year of a kidney cancer diagnosis, over 21% of men and 22.5% of women will lose their lives to kidney cancer, with that prediction rising to 38% and over 36% respectively within five-years of a diagnosis in 2013. Those figures are far too high.
More has to be done to raise public awareness of early signs of kidney cancer on an ongoing basis and patients should be given access to the drugs they need, the support they seek and be able to live the life they deserve.”
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To read the whole report on Cancer Survival in England by Office for National Statistics please click here.

<a href="" target="_self">Malcolm Packer</a>

Malcolm Packer

Malcolm is Chief Executive Officer at Kidney Cancer UK and Kidney Cancer Scotland and has worked with the charity in various capacities for over 15 years.