A leading charity has warned that as the number of breast cancer cases rise, the number of specialist nurses has not risen at the same rate to keep pace with the rise in cancer cases. The charity to warn about this alarming situation, Breast Cancer Care, also said that lack of specialist nurses was also impacting patient care.
In England, the cases of breast cancer has gone to a whooping 18 percent. Similarly, Wales and Scotland has seen an even higher rate of rise in cases of skin cancer, reaching 2o percent increase rate. Despite this rise in rate of breast cancer cases, the number of specialist nurses has remained nearly the same as in 2007. The number is reported to be 430 across England.
The major reasons for this alarming rise in cases of breast cancer is mainly due to obesity, increase in alcoholic intake, and increase in ageing population. Along with breast cancer, these problems have also given rise to other forms of cancer.
Breast Cancer Care also reported that specialist nurses are vital for patient care and therefore helps in speedy diagnosis and recovery of patients.
Patients with access to a specialist nurse report significantly better treatment and care in the NHS cancer patient experience survey.