Thousands of lives in England could be saved each year if the NHS follows updated guidance to help it diagnose cancer earlier, says the health watchdog the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
NICE has written guidelines to help GPs recognise symptoms and refer people more quickly for hospital investigations and treatment. For the first time, the guidelines concentrate on symptoms – such as bleeding or pain – rather than saying that GPS should identify the type of a cancer a patient may have.
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According to NICE, 300, 000 new cancers are diagnosed each year in the UK. The chances of beating cancer are better if it is diagnosed early. The guidelines will help GPs to notice warning signs that may mean a person has cancer.
The guidelines have been written for England but they will also be taken into account in Wales and Northern Ireland.
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