CCHSR Annual Lecture 2020

Closing the survival gap: The importance of screening and early diagnosis in improving cancer survival in England – Professor Sir Mike Richards

Although cancer survival in England has improved steadily over the past 20 years, survival rates for most types of cancer continue to lag behind those in other developed countries. We have failed to close the gap. Factors underlying our poor performance will be explored and recommendations for radical action will be presented.

Professor Sir Mike Richards trained as a medical oncologist at St Bartholomew’s, before specialising mainly in breast cancer at Guy’s and St Thomas’. In 1999 he was appointed as the first National Cancer Director, where he was responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of cancer strategy in England over a 13 year period. In 2013 he was appointed Chief Inspector of Hospitals at the Care Quality Commission. Following his retirement in 2017 he renewed his interest in cancer, writing a report with the Health Foundation entitled ‘Unfinished Business’. In 2019 he led the national review of cancer screening and diagnostic capacity for NHS England.

Date: 12 November 2020

Time: 12:30pm – 13:30pm

This lecture will be available online

Registration details to follow

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