In Waltham Forest one of the main causes of death is cancer. Survival rates in our borough are below the national average, so we have a programme of work to help which includes promoting the free cancer screening programmes that help detect cancer early, and working with providers to improve access to and quality of cancer services.

Things are improving. This year, our borough is in the top ten most improved for cancer survival rates, up from 65% in 2011 to 66.6% in 2012. This coincides with a significant increase in the number of people waiting less than two weeks for a cancer referral.

However there is still a huge amount of work to do. If you notice any unexplained changes to your body, such as the sudden appearance of a lump, blood in your urine or a change to your usual bowel habits, make sure you talk to your GP.