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Cancer Stats and Cuts, Solicitor Jacqueline White, Adds To The Debate

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4th February 2015 marks World Cancer Day and according to Cancer Research UK’s statistics, 450 cancer sufferers now survive the disease everyday thanks to research funded by charitable donations from the public.

However, recent reports say one in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. Cancer Research UK said this estimate replaces a previous forecast of more than one in three people developing the disease.

It said longer life expectancies mean more people will be affected.

It has been recently announced that the Government plans to slash the funding provided to the NHS for innovative treatments that could not just provide patients with greater life expectancies, but cure disease.

Commenting on the cuts, charities such as Beating Bowel Cancer, have said up to 65% of patients with advanced bowel cancer could face the probability of an earlier death by being refused innovative treatments that were available before.

Adding her comments to the debate, Pearson Solicitors’ specialist Clinical Negligence Solicitor, Jacqueline White, said: “Cuts in NHS funding can often lead to missed opportunities to diagnose cancers that are treatable and/or missed opportunities to implement adequate palliative care.  This effectively undoes all the good work done by cancer charities in the continuous fight against the disease”. 

“We have acted for a number of cancer patients following delays in diagnosis or missed diagnosis and are here to assist if you feel as though the standard of care you received from clinicians following a diagnosis of cancer has fallen below an acceptable standard.”

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