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NICE quality standard on suspected cancer

New guidelines published by NICE look to improve standards of care in cancer diagnoses.

New guidelines published by NICE look to improve standards of care in cancer diagnoses

Essential information

Nurses must encourage patients with suspected cancer to attend tests to improve early diagnosis rates, says official guidance from the government agency tasked with setting clinical standards.

Patients should be given written information explaining the importance of attending the appointment to avoid delays to their care.

This is one of four quality standards published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to improve the care of those with suspected cancer.

UK diagnoses

About a third of the population will develop a cancer in their lifetime and more than 300,000 new cancers (excluding skin cancers) are diagnosed annually in the UK. Early diagnosis

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