Cancer survival rates increasing in our county

Glennis Hooper from the Crazy Hats charity.

Glennis Hooper from the Crazy Hats charity.

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A woman who survived breast cancer and set up a charity which has raised more than £1m has welcomed a rise in survival rates in the county.

Almost two thirds (66.5 per cent) of cancer patients living in Northamptonshire survived for at least 12 months after being diagnosed with cancer in 2010, which are the most recent figures available – and the number has been steadily increasing since the mid-1990s.

Glennis Hooper founded the Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal to help raise money for breast cancer research after her own battle with the illness more than a decade ago.

Speaking to the Telegraph this week, the Wellingborough woman said she was delighted that the outlook for cancer patients was getting better.

She added: “The technology and resources which doctors have access to is improving all the time and I think the training is better.

“There is also more publicity about the symptoms, so I think people are more likely to present themselves to their doctor at an earlier stage.”

Northamptonshire’s survival rate is slightly below the average rate for England, 67.7 per cent.

Despite that, Miss Hooper said she was pleased with the way things are going in the county.

She said: “The main message I would give is to keep an eye out for the warning signs and go to your doctor if you are concerned.”

Consultant in public health at NHS Northamptonshire Public Health Dr Stephen Rogers said: “We are delighted to see the improvements the county has made on the one year survival index. The one year index highlights the work that has been ongoing in the county to promote early detection of cancer.

“We are currently in the third year of a four-year public health-led strategic plan where we are working to endorse the benefits of early detection.

“We have also been running the Detect campaign, educating the public and helping them to become aware of the signs.”

A Detect workshop is being held on Wednesday, January 16, at Kettering Conference Centre in Thurston Drive.

To book a place email communications@northants.nhs.uk or call 01604 651734.