Responding to Cancer Research UK's report - Testing Times to Come? An Evaluation of Pathology Capacity in England, Dr Suzy Lishman, President said:
"Pathologists are the medical specialists who diagnose cancer. They also play a vital role in the prevention, treatment and monitoring of cancer and are at the forefront of research to improve the length and quality of life of people with the disease.
It is predicted that half the people born since 1960 will develop cancer at some point in their lives. We know that the earlier that cancer is diagnosed the better the chance of survival. An increase in the number of pathologists is essential to ensure early diagnosis and the most effective treatment.
We welcome this important report from CRUK, which clearly makes the case for investment in pathology staff and services. Having the right staff with the right skills will make sure people referred for cancer tests are diagnosed as quickly and accurately as possible.”