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Cancer taskforce to save more lives

Cancer taskforce to save more lives

Published at 5:21pm 17th November 2015. (Updated at 5:28pm 17th November 2015)

An ambitious project is aiming to close the gap between cancer outcomes in Yorkshire and the rest of England.

The charity Yorkshire Cancer Research has committed to providing £100 million of funding over the next 10 years.

A special taskforce has also been created to develop practical ideas and solutions which will save 2,000 lives every year in the region by 2025.

The new project is focusing on lung cancer, early detection, clinical trials and community health projects.

Charles Rowett, Chief Executive of Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: "Yorkshire is the third worst region in England in terms of incidence rates. 11 of 13 local authorities have cancer outcomes worse than the national average, but not enough is being done to combat this disparity.

"With the number of people living with and beyond cancer increasing, there has never been a more important time for a major strategic regional commitment focusing on cancer prevention, minimising risks, promoting early diagnosis, pioneering new treatments and delivering more effective care and support at every stage of the cancer patient's journey."

Lung cancer is the most common cancer in Yorkshire and incidence rates are nearly 20% higher than the national average.

It's also the most common cause of cancer death in the region, with over 3,000 deaths from lung cancer in 2013.

Medical professionals, academic researchers, members of Public Health England and representatives from Clinical Commissioning Groups and local authorities will meet in January to discuss what can be done to improve lung cancer outcomes and increase the early diagnosis of all cancer types.

Further funds will be invested in developing the charity's clinical trials.

Yorkshire Cancer Research will also invest in community health projects to raise awareness, increase participation in national screening programmes for bowel, breast and cervical cancer and point people towards the best services and support.

Mr Rowett added: "With people in Yorkshire being more likely to get cancer, and more likely to die from it, it is vital that we act as a catalyst for change and attract more research investment into our region from central and local government, national charities and other organisations to address the enormous challenges that exist in Yorkshire."