NHS plans to diagnose cancer within 28 days with new funding

A funding boost to support faster diagnosis of the disease could save 30,000 lives a year by 2020

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NHS England has announced plans to improve cancer care and give patients a definitive diagnosis within four weeks.

An expected £15m investment into the NHS is hoped to both improve cancer care and allow for patient diagnosis within 28 days. An NHS reported that this investment could result in saving 30,000 lives by 2020, Sky News reported.

Improvement plans for the investment include earlier diagnosis, treatment outcomes, patient experience, patient quality of life, and to target areas for improvement.

Cally Palmer, national cancer director for NHS England, said: “One in two people will be diagnosed with cancer and too many people are being diagnosed when their cancer is advanced. We need to change this.

“Through this cancer strategy, we will drive a transformation in cancer care that will touch every corner of the country and improve services for thousands of people.”

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