Late diagnosis of cancer has been major factor in poor survival in England

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 03 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2848
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    Greater engagement of GPs in efforts to diagnose cancer early, improving safety in the use of systemic chemotherapy, and increasing the capacity of radiotherapy services are key priorities to improve the care of cancer patients in England, says a progress report published this week.

    The NHS’s cancer reform strategy, published in December 2007, is a comprehensive, five year plan setting out measures to improve cancer services at national and local levels in England. The first annual report sets out the progress achieved so far.

    In prevention and early detection, the report highlights the introduction in September 2008 of the human papillomavirus vaccine for girls aged 12-13. This protects against two strains of the virus that cause over 70% of …

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