2021 saw a record 2.7 million people referred for cancer checks in England with at least 30,000 people waiting to start treatment.
There are people who have not had the chance to start treatment due to the covid 19 pandemic but the new figures suggested some progress.
The government is trying to diagnose more cancers at an earlier stage so that more people can be saved.
In order to meet the increasing demand for checks facilities such as one-stop shops for tests, mobile clinics and symptom hotlines have been set up to help ensure people are diagnosed and treated as early as possible, the health service said.
About 11,000 people a day were being tested and various charities have welcomed the increase in referrals but warned of the “devastating” impact of the pandemic on care.
In a report earlier this month, the Health and Social Care Committee said three million fewer people in the UK were invited for screenings between March and September 2020.
And between March 2020 and March 2021, 326,000 fewer people in England received an urgent referral for suspected cancer.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Our upcoming 10-year cancer plan that will lead Europe in cancer care, along with our record investment to cut waiting times and the introduction of the health and social care levy, will help us continue our mission to tackle the Covid backlogs.”