2022 Progress in cancer care

As we approach the end of 2022, the UK’s NHS can reflect on some of the record-breaking progress made throughout the year in cancer care. Over 320,000 people received treatment for cancer between November 2021 and October 2022, at the highest ever level on record, and at 8,000 people more than the previous period.

The NHS were also able to break cancer check records, at one fifth more than the previous period prior to the pandemic, reaching a huge three million people. This equates to over 10,000 individuals being checked each single day, and approximately 6% of this ending with cancer diagnoses.

The positive results arrived after the NHS doubled its spending on some of the biggest cancer awareness initiatives in the health service’s history. 

National Cancer Director for NHS England, Dame Cally Palmer, said: “NHS staff have been working incredibly hard over the past year to recover from the pandemic and it’s thanks to our campaigning efforts and early diagnosis drives, alongside the courage of people like Dame Deborah James encouraging people to come forward, that we’ve seen and treated record numbers of people.”