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Record NHS cancer checks top three million in one year

By April 16, 2024No Comments

NHS cancer checks have topped three million in a year for the first time – more than doubling in the last decade.

New analysis shows that there were 3,035,698 urgent cancer referrals for patients in the last year (March 2023 – Feb 2024) , compared to 1,335,350 in the same period ten years ago. (March 2013 – Feb 2024)

The NHS is committed to diagnosing more cancers at an earlier stage when it is easier to treat. More cancers than ever before are being caught at stages one and two.

There were more than a quarter of a million checks in February alone, an increase of more than 10% compared to the same month last year.

Last week, the NHS exceeded its 28 day faster diagnosis target for the first time, with more than three quarters of people (78%) receiving the all clear or a definitive diagnosis within four weeks.

NHS chiefs have said that having cancer referrals at an all time high plays an important part in getting more cancers detected early. NHS drives continue with cancer awareness messages on urinal mats in pubs and football grounds.

From lung trucks in supermarket carparks to surgical hubs, the efforts of NHS staff are continuing to help diagnose more cancers and tackle the longest waits for cancer treatment.

The NHS has also pledged to eliminate cervical cancer by 2040, setting out plans to increase HPV vaccine and screening uptake, to save thousands of lives every year.

Ben Kemp