Saving lives through improved cancer screening


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Detect and treat cancer earlier through proactive contact of people at highest risk, encourage more people to be screened, and invest in the latest technology.

Delivery date:

  • ongoing

To do this we will:

  • support GPs  to screen more people to detect cancers earlier, prioritising prostate, lung, bowel and colon cancers
  • make sure every cancer patient gets a fully coordinated recovery package of assessment, advice, and care  to improve results for people living with and after cancer
  • provide targeted and effective follow-up for all cancer patients to identify any issues as early as possible. 

It is better for people because:

  • more cancers, particularly the most difficult to detect, will be caught earlier which will save lives
  • people will get scans and other test results quicker, reducing worry and speeding up treatment
  • this will improve cancer survival rates and the overall experience.

It is better for the health and care system because:

  • fewer people will be diagnosed in the later stages of cancer
  • best practice standards will be achieved through closer working, better use of IT, data and research, and sharing expertise
  • resources, expertise and innovative technology will be used more effectively,  saving  more lives and improving performance on key cancer standards.

Key facts:

  • fifty per cent of people born after 1960 will be diagnosed with cancer
  • prostate, lung, bowel and colon cancer account for around a third of all cancers in NW London
  • prostate, lung, bowel and colon cancer are some of the hardest to diagnose, and make up over half of all cancers discovered when people arrive in hospital as an emergency.

Expected outcomes:

  • more people will be proactively screened for cancer
  • fewer people diagnosed in later stages of cancer in A&E departments
  • more people surviving  or living longer after being diagnosed with cancer
  • increase in satisfaction with patient, family and carer experience.