Wednesday 18th October 2017

So far there’s been no progress on considering the impact that education about cancer in schools could have on improving prevention and early diagnosis. Just this week we have released education lesson plans about the HPV vaccine and cervical cancer screening which could go a long way to supporting the NHS’s investment in its new cervical cancer screening approach.

And whilst it’s great to see the setting up of the Cancer Alliances in the last year, there’s no information about their workplans or priorities. Patient groups with rarer cancers, like those in young people, can be easily overlooked at a regional level. We need transparency about their work to be assured that decisions are based on the needs of all cancer patients in their regions.

We are working with NHS England, the Government and charity partners to ensure that in the year ahead young people with cancer are visible in the implementation of the Cancer Strategy both national and regionally.