From the NHS Information Services Division, yesterday:
‘Over the last ten years, the overall age-adjusted cancer mortality rate has fallen by 10%.
Although the rate of deaths due to cancer has decreased over this period, the actual number of deaths due to cancer has not. This largely reflects an increase in older age groups within the population and the fact that cancer is a relatively common disease among the
elderly. The age-adjusted cancer mortality rate has fallen by 12% for males and 7% for females over the past decade.’
Reporting Scotland had plenty of time, yesterday, for death and injury, depression, football and human waste on the tracks, but no time for this good news. When the ISD report something more worrying for Scots, they’re all over the story, blowing it up in our faces, so to speak. It was the same non-story for a major cancer waiting time target being met, only four weeks ago.
The 95% target for waiting times of 31 days or less, between decision to treat and first treatment, was met in June 2018, having been met or only just missed for the last six years.