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Improving early diagnosis rates through heightened cancer screenings

Freelance health journalist Kathy Oxtoby got the news nobody wants to hear; she had cancer.  More than 50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and this figure is rising, but cancer screening numbers have declined – so what can be done to improve early diagnosis rates?

Freelance health journalist Kathy Oxtoby got the news nobody wants to hear; she had cancer. More than 50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and the figure is rising, but cancer screening numbers have declined – so what can be done to improve early diagnosis rates?

They were the three words I had never wanted to hear. ‘You have cancer.’ While I was shocked, it also felt inevitable. Why shouldn’t it happen to me, given cancer’s indiscriminate nature and the number of people I’ve known and loved who have been affected by it?

But it couldn’t be too serious, I thought. It was a tiny lump. A ‘one in a million chance of finding it’, the consultant radiologist said.

‘So I have a small lump?’ I asked. She looked into my eyes and we reflected the emotional pain that

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