More people received life-saving and life-prolonging cancer treatments as well as more checks for cancer in 2022 than in any other year, and the reason for this comes down to a range of new approaches a private oncologist has available to them.
According to recent data, over 320,000 people received cancer treatment between November 2021 and October 2022, with over 2.8m people receiving cancer checks, a rate of over 10,000 people a day.
These figures are fascinating and highlight how improved research techniques, technology and approaches to raising awareness to ensure people are checked early have helped people be treated for cancer at much earlier stages.
According to the same dataset, over 100,000 patients were diagnosed at stage one or stage two, before the cancer has spread further and thus when it is at its easiest to treat. This is, again, the highest proportion on record and has helped significantly improve the outcomes for patients.
To highlight the scale of importance of catching cancer early, people who received a stage one lung cancer diagnosis were twenty times more likely to survive than those who received a stage three or stage four diagnosis.
Because early-stage cancer often has no symptoms, often diagnosis involved other checks and tests, as well as watching for subtle symptoms such as persistent coughs that do not seem to go away.
Early-stage cancer can be treated through radiosurgery, surgery with small treatment times and rapid recovery, as well as other forms of therapy that can manage or even remove it before it has the chance to spread.
As well as this, there has been increased research in less common cancers, which has continued to bring the oncology community forward in the goal to reduce the impact cancer has on not only the people diagnosed with it but the loved ones whom it also affects so strongly.