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Channel Five News NHS launches new cancer prevention scheme

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Julia Manning, Chief Executive of 2020health, talked to Channel Five News about NHS England's initiative to improve prevention, detection and treatment of cancer

NHS England announced an independent task force which will develop a five-year action plan for cancer services to improve survival rates and save thousands of lives.

It also launched a new programme to test ways of diagnosing cancer more quickly at more than 60 sites across the country. The organisation committed a further £15 million over three years to evaluate and treat patients with a new type of radiotherapy.

More than one in three people in the UK develop cancer and half will now live for at least 10 years - 40 years ago, average survival was just one year.

But for some cancers patients are being diagnosed late, so some survival rates are below the European average.

The task force, chaired by Cancer Research UK chief executive Harpal Kumar, has been asked to focus particularly on better prevention, swifter diagnosis, and better treatment, care and aftercare.