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Cancer cases ‘being diagnosed in England at an earlier stage’

17th September 2015

Progress is being made in England in terms of efforts to ensure that cancer cases are being caught at an earlier stage.

New Public Health England research shows the proportion of cancers diagnosed as a result of emergency presentation at hospital has decreased, while the number diagnosed following urgent GP referral with a suspicion of cancer has risen.

In 2006, almost 25 percent of cancers were diagnosed as an emergency, but in 2013 this figure had fallen to 20 percent, despite a rise overall in the numbers of cases of cancer during this time.

However, it was noted that while emergency presentation is declining, it still remains high for cancers of the liver and pancreas, among others.

Julia Verne, head of clinical epidemiology at Public Health England, said: "These improvements in routes to cancer diagnosis follow several years of work across the sector to improve early diagnosis in England. Our work, however, is not complete."

Sara Hiom, director of early diagnosis at Cancer Research UK, added that variations in diagnostic effectiveness exist between cancer types and hospitals, while older patients are much less likely to have surgery than younger ones.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801800763-ADNFCR

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