Awareness and Early Diagnosis

Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance seeks to improve cancer survival rates by ensuring more people are diagnosed at an earlier stage, by improving cancer awareness and uptake of screening.

Almost 20,000 people in the Humber, Coast and Vale area are diagnosed with cancer each year. This is a rate significantly higher than the England average.

Patients who are diagnosed earlier have a better chance of being treated successfully for cancer and surviving for longer. If cancer is diagnosed early, there is an 81% chance of survival. If diagnosed late, the chance of survival drops dramatically to 26%.

By raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer in the general population and optimising clinical practice and systems to improve access to diagnostics, we can improve the rates of early diagnosis and treatment of cancers.

Cancer Champion Training Programme

One of the ways we are raising awareness is through our Cancer Champions Training Programme. Anyone and everyone can be a Cancer Champion – it’s about real people raising awareness about cancer in their community. Our free half day training session covers the key facts, statistics, symptoms and screenings which are linked to a number of cancers. Click here for more information and to sign up to free Cancer Champion training.

Faecal Immunochemical Testing (FIT)

The NHS has started rolling out the new bowel cancer screening test (FIT – faecal immunochemical test) as part of the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme in England and the Cancer Alliance are supporting the implementation of FIT into primary care throughout the Humber, Coast and Vale area.

Better sensitivity of FIT in comparison to gFOBt testing will lead to earlier detection of polyps and improved prevention of colorectal cancer. GPs across our area will have direct access to FIT to speed up ruling out a cancer diagnosis. Click here to find out more.

Targeted Lung Health Check Programme

Hull has been selected as one of ten sites to be the first to implement the new NHS Targeted Lung Health Check (TLHC) programme.

The TLHC programme will invite people who fulfil the following criteria for a lung health check:

  • between the age of 55 and 75 (74 years and 364 days),
  • who are smokers or former smokers
  • live in Hull and have a Hull GP

o find out more.