Clinical update

Suspected cancer

One in two people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, says Cancer Research UK, and it is responsible for more than a quarter of all deaths in the UK

Essential facts

One in two people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, says Cancer Research UK, and it is responsible for more than a quarter of all deaths in the UK. An estimated 5,000 lives could be saved each year in England if cancer diagnoses were made earlier.

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In June, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published updated and redesigned clinical guidelines to support GPs to recognise the signs and symptoms of 37 different cancers. In a change to its predecessor published a decade ago, recommendations are now organised by a patient’s symptoms and investigation findings, as well as the site of suspected cancer.

The overall aim is to make it easier for GPs to refer people for the right tests more quickly.

More than 200 different types of cancer exist, each with different

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