Improving early diagnosis of cancer is a key part of the National Cancer Strategy and one of our key objectives. This is because early diagnosis of cancer is vital in order to give patients the best chance of survival. For example more than 9 in 10 bowel cancer patients will survive the disease for more than 5 years if diagnosed at the earliest stage.
We have developed a portfolio of projects to help increase participation in the national cancer screening programmes and to improve earlier diagnosis.
Cancer screening is pivotal to achieving earlier diagnosis, but in west London, we have some of the poorest rates of participation in the national breast, bowel and cervical cancer screening programmes.
Working closely with our partner CCGs, we are helping to provide education and training in primary care to support GPs to better recognise the possible signs and symptoms of cancer and assist them in making appropriate referrals.
We are also piloting an electronic safety netting tool in GP practices in Brent, Harrow, and Hillingdon to help GPs detect cancer at an earlier stage and reduce the number of emergency presentations.
For more information please contact Dominic Cunnane.