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The Greater Manchester and Cheshire Cancer Network (GMCCN) was created in 2001, in response to the NHS Cancer Plan. This national policy identified clinical networks as the organisational model, or way of working, to drive change and improve cancer services for the population in specific areas.
GMCCN was established in late 2001 for the population covered by Greater Manchester and Central and Eastern Cheshire.
The challenge of cancer:
It is estimated more than 1 in 3 people will get cancer. Cancer is not a single disease – there are over 200 different types of cancer.
In 2007, over 245,000 people in England were diagnosed with cancer, and nearly 128,000 people died from cancer. (Source: National Statistics Online, 2007)
For the population of Greater Manchester and Cheshire Cancer Network (which accounts for approximately 6.4% of the population of England) this means:
- Around 16,000 people diagnosed with cancer every year
- Just over 8,000 people dying from cancer every year
The number of people who beat cancer in England is lower than other similar European countries. Survival rates in the North West are worse than in other parts of the country.
Cancer is not a single disease – there are over 200 different types of cancer.
Cancers are put into groups according to the part of the body they affect, for example lung cancer, head and neck cancer, colorectal (bowel) cancer. There are different types of cancer within each of these groups, which are managed differently.
Some cancers, like breast cancer, are common, some are rare, such as testicular cancer, and some are very rare, for example primary bone cancer. Therefore, cancer is a complex disease which means that it is complicated and challenging to address.
You can find more information on cancer generally, as well as details about specific cancer types in our Cancer Information section.
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