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Britain's shameful cancer rates won't improve unless Government tackles staff shortages that have resulted in 115,000 late diagnoses since 2017, Cancer Research and Macmillan warn Top cancer charities warn Prime Minister Boris Johnson about staff shortages They warn patients are being diagnosed late largely because of a lack of staff Figures show one in ten posts for skilled staff who diagnose cancer are vacant 

By Sophie Borland Health Editor For The Daily Mail

Published: 00:30 BST, 1 October 2019 | Updated: 00:50 BST, 1 October 2019

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Britain's shameful cancer survival rates will not improve unless the Government tackles a desperate shortage of expert staff, two top charities warn today.

Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support have written to the Prime Minister highlighting how patients are being diagnosed late, making the cancer harder to treat, largely because of a lack of staff.

They estimate at least 115,000 patients in England were diagnosed with stage three or four tumours in 2017, considered ‘late’ stage cancers. 

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