England failed to close the gap in the most successful countries when it comes to cancer protection, despite 20 years of attempts, shows an analysis.
An overview of the Health Care Foundation on government records between 1995 and 2015 said that, despite four strategies setting ambitious targets, the NHS remained lags behind the best.
If the services are improved, 10,000 lives can be saved each year.
Early diagnosis was crucial, she said.
Professor Sir Mike Richards, a former state-run cancer researcher, warned patients that it was difficult to find access to tests and scanning.
"Although progress has been made, the goals of all these strategies have not been achieved."
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He said that the number of missed life-saving opportunities is equivalent to "jumbo-jumping people falling from the sky every two weeks".
It comes only a month after the prime minister promised early diagnosis of cancer would be a key priority for NHS consumption in the coming years.
Cancer Waiting Time & # 39; At The Worst Level Ever
How far is it behind the NHS?
The survival rate is improving. As early as 2000, 62% of patients survived for at least a year. By 2015, this percentage has risen to 72%.
In the meantime, five-year survival has risen from 42% to 53%.
But other nations have improved. The Health Foundation highlighted the UK's performance against five other countries – Canada, Australia, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
This has been done for six key carcinoma – the colon, rectum, breast, lung, ovary and prostate.
For each of them, Great Britain has remained in second place since 2000 for five years of survival. Only breast cancer actually closed the gap with the best.
Highlights of the research centers showed 10,000 deaths each year with better diagnosis. This represents one in 13 deaths from the disease.
What is the problem?
Sir Mike talks about the "solid gate" in the NHS.
He said that doctors were under pressure not to refer too many patients, while the NHS did not have enough equipment or staff to perform all tests and scan it perfectly.
Solving this problem will require large investments, the report says.
GPs send nearly two million patients a year for emergency tests and scanning – almost four times the number they did a decade ago.
But the rise of references coincided with long waiting times, while the NHS is now struggling to meet its goals.
Despite additional numbers, one in five cases is still diagnosed by emergency presentations in places such as shock and emergency cases.
Patients diagnosed through this route are less likely to survive because cancer is diagnosed later.
Sir Mike said that the services were also endangered by the Health and Protection Law 2012, which led to the regional special cancer groups being abolished as part of the wider response of the health service.
He said this led to a lot of experienced professionals to leave the NHS.
What does the government do?
Sir Mike hailed the government's pledge of additional funding – £ 20 billion annually by 2023 – and that cancer would be the main focus for it.
Last month, the prime minister promised a new strategy to ensure that three quarters of cancer was diagnosed early – currently only half.
NHS England is already piloting fast-track diagnostic clinics. These are basically testing centers in one place where patients can gain access to different specialists and procedures often on the same day.
Sir Mike said that these steps would help.
He also urged more to do in order to raise public awareness of the signs and symptoms in order to take care – research shows that people in the United Kingdom sometimes reluctant to surrender when showing signs of cancer.
He said the NHS should consider new approaches, pointing to research that shows that people at high risk of lung cancer can benefit from a new form of screening for illness using a low-dose CT scanner.
The Department of Health and Social Welfare has said that improving early diagnosis is a "key priority", stressing that a new 28-day target for the diagnosis will be set next year.
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