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Cancer isn't fair - but care should be

Over a million lives have been saved in the UK thanks to improvements in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment since the 1980s. But the promise of these advances is not felt by all.

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People can have very different experiences of cancer care because of who they are, or how and where they live.

Some individuals and communities are ‘harder-to-reach’ in terms of healthcare awareness and access. This might be because of socioeconomic, cultural or language barriers. Avoidable differences in health outcomes then arise when people miss out on screening, early diagnosis and the best treatment plan.

To mark World Cancer Day (4 February), and its campaign to make cancer care fair and equitable, we take a look at some of the ways researchers and the planned Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital are working with communities to ‘close the cancer care gap’.

We are delighted to have contributed to this article and share some of the work the new Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital is doing to listen to the experiences of individuals and communities, to help shape the plans for the new hospital.

You can read the full story on the Cambridge University website here (opens in a new tab)