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New government proposal for three-week cancer diagnosis target

Posted by: Policy and campaigning 2 October 2018

Today the government revealed plans to set a three week diagnosis target for people with suspected cancer. The Daily Telegraph reported that the new strategy will focus on bowel, prostate and lung cancer in an attempt to improve the survival of people with these diseases. 

Commenting on the proposal Anna Jewell, Director of Operations for Pancreatic Cancer UK, said:

"Faster diagnosis is pivotal in the UK’s fight against cancer so a renewed focus from Government on achieving this is very welcome. However for any new policy in this area to be truly transformative, we need to see the current proposals extended to cover pancreatic cancer and other less survivable-cancers. 

"Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival of all common cancers with just seven per cent of people living for five years. Tragically almost half of pancreatic cancer patients are diagnosed as an emergency, at a stage when the one potentially lifesaving treatment, surgery, is often no longer an option."