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Brexit Britain launches 'war on cancer' with revolutionary new plan to be 'best in Europe'

Mr Javid will draw the battle lines today as he has pledged to invest in potential new treatments including coronavirus-style vaccines for cancer. In a speech introducing the proposals at the Francis Crick Institute, the health secretary will announce a call for evidence on a new 10-year Government plan to improve the country’s cancer care. 

Mr Javid will also promise to make the UK’s cancer care system “the best in Europe”.

Mr Javid will announce the use of revolutionary technologies like artificial intelligence to diagnose the disease and clear the massive backlog of cases created due to Covid-19.

While treatment of cancer cases continued at about 94 percent of pre-pandemic levels, there were almost 50,000 fewer cancer diagnoses across the UK between March 2020 and November last year.

Mr Javid will say: “Let this be the day when we declare a national war on cancer. We have published the call for evidence for a new ten-year cancer plan for England, a searching new vision for how we will lead the world in cancer care.

“This plan will show how we are learning the lessons from the pandemic, and apply them to improving cancer services over the next decade.

“It will take a far-reaching look at how we want cancer care to be in 2032 – 10 years from now. Looking at all stages, from prevention to diagnosis, to treatment and vaccines.

“We want to hear views from far and wide to help us shape this work. Please join us in this effort, so fewer people face the heartache of losing a loved one to this wretched disease.”

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said this 10-year plan would prioritise boosting the cancer workforce and increasing research into technologies which help to detect the disease in its early stage.

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Minister for primary care Maria Caulfield said: “Half of us will have cancer at some point in our lives, and many more will have to support someone close to them who has it.

“We want to have the best cancer care in Europe and this call to evidence will help us develop a plan to achieve this.

“We want to hear from you – cancer patients, relatives and NHS staff – to see how we can best move forward to deliver better care and treatment.”



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