On Monday 4th of February Sir David pledged to support Kidney Cancer UK’s campaign for research into a national screening programme for the early detection of kidney cancer.
Kidney cancer is the 7th most common cancer in the UK, with around 12,500 people diagnosed annually. Most worryingly, a recent survey by Kidney Cancer UK, showed that, due to the difficulty in detecting the disease, close to half of people diagnosed with kidney cancer were initially misdiagnosed. Of those correctly diagnosed, 48% were at the most life-threatening stages 3 and 4, where the outcomes for patients are much worse.
The Government’s Long Term Plan for the NHS sets the target of diagnosing 75% of cancers at stage 1 or 2 by 2028. These targets will reduce the amount of Kidney cancer deaths by 10,000 a year. However, more needs to be done, a national screening programme will increase the detection rate and subsequently reduce the amount of deaths further. Increased research and screening are key to ensuring that this devastating disease is detected early enough to save lives.
Sir David hopes that this Kidney Cancer Awareness Week will inspire people to see medical professionals as soon as they detect a problem and pressure the government into developing a comprehensive national screening programme.
More information can be found at www.kcuk.org.uk