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Cancer screening: more convenient access will boost early diagnosis, says review

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l6059 (Published 16 October 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6059
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The NHS should provide more convenient access to cancer screening services to increase early diagnosis and improve survival rates, a major government commissioned review has recommended.1

Women should be able to access screening for breast, cervical, and other cancers at health centres or other locations close to their work, and local screening services should provide extra evening and weekend appointments, says the review by Mike Richards, a leading cancer expert.

The report was commissioned2 by Simon Stevens, NHS chief executive, and Matt Hancock, England’s health and social care secretary, to recommend how to overhaul national screening programmes. This is to help achieve the goal, set out in the NHS long …

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