A rise in the number of people surviving cancer in Wales is something we should all be proud of, but improvement is still needed Welsh Labour’s Cabinet Secretary for Health, Vaughan Gething has said.
Cancer survival rates in Wales continue to increase year-on-year. More than half of people will now survive five years after their diagnosis and premature mortality for cancer has fallen around 14 per cent in the past ten years. The 2013 cancer patient experience survey also showed 96 per cent of patients surveyed had a favourable view of their care.
Health boards are working hard to meet the challenging cancer waiting times set by the Welsh Government. As a result, 28 per cent more people were seen, diagnosed and began treatment within the waiting time of the urgent suspected cancer pathway than five years ago.
You can find out more about the Welsh Labour Government’s work to improve services for those with cancer here.