According to a study published today, half of adults in the UK say that cancer is a non-infectious disease that most wants better protection for themselves and their families as fear of Covid-19 recedes.
UCL scientists have discovered a high public demand for innovative diagnostic techniques, such as single blood tests for multiple forms of cancer and access to optimally effective cancer treatments.
The priority given to better cancer treatment is related to the fact that 40% of adults say that people who are important to them have changed their lives because they have been hurt by cancer. ..
Three-quarters of the UK’s population wants to be tested for cancer on a regular basis when blood tests are available.
Nearly nine out of ten believe that people over the age of 70 are entitled to more effective cancer treatments than anyone else.
According to experts, the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic mean that more than 10,000 cancer patients die significantly faster than if the pandemic did not occur.
However, more than one-third of adults believe that the available NHS care will be world-class if they or their families develop cancer.
An additional 40% believe that NHS care is better than anywhere else after being diagnosed with cancer. However, one-fifth of the population believes that NHS cancer treatment is not optimal, and the minority (5%) say they are afraid that it will be inadequate.
About 70% of adults in the UK are satisfied with the overall NHS service, but less than half are very satisfied. However, only 27 percent report satisfaction with social care regulations.
David Taylor, co-author of the report and professor of pharmaceutical and public health policy at UCL, said:
“But as pandemics become better controlled by vaccines, medicines, and other public health measures, cancer is once again emerging as the top health of the British people.
“The immediate challenge is to reduce the NHS’s waiting list. Still, in order to maintain the confidence of the British public until the next general election, policymakers are concerned with the economic impact of Brexit and Covid-19. There is a need to restore progress in cancer research, prevention, medical and social care improvements. “