Earlier Diagnosis

 

There is a clear correlation between early detection and diagnosis of cancer and improved patient outcomes.  For more information on early diagnosis and survival rates, along with cancer screening and common symptoms of cancer, see below

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Why early diagnosis is so important

Cancer that’s diagnosed at an early stage, before it’s had the chance to get too big or spread is more likely to be treated successfully. If the cancer has spread, treatment becomes more difficult, and generally a person’s chances of surviving are much lower

  • Bowel cancer
    • More than 9 in 10 bowel cancer patients will survive the disease for more than 5 years if diagnosed at the earliest stage

  • Breast cancer
    • More than 90% of women diagnosed with breast cancer at the earliest stage survive their disease for at least 5 years compared to around 15% for women diagnosed with the most advanced stage of disease

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  • Ovarian cancer
    • More than 90% of women diagnosed with the earliest stage ovarian cancer survive their disease for at least 5 years compared to around 5% for women diagnosed with the most advanced stage of disease

  • Lung cancer
    • Around 70% of lung cancer patients will survive for at least a year if diagnosed at the earliest stage compared to around 14% for people diagnosed with the most advanced stage of disease

Early diagnosis can increase chances of survival. But improving survival rates is not just down to earlier diagnosis – ensuring patients receive the most effective and appropriate treatment for them is also an important part of the jigsaw

For more information, particularly on why some cancers are diagnosed late, click here

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Screening

Screening can detect cancer before any symptons appear.  It can save lives by finding cancers at an early stage, or even preventing them

For more information on the national screening programmes, patient eligibility and the risks and benefits of screening, click here

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Key signs and symptoms of cancer

Information about common signs and symptoms of cancer to look out for can be found here

More detailed information on specific symptoms is provided at the links below:

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Advice and Guidance is being made available for all specialties, and is being provided by consultant specialists at East Kent Hospitals.  To make a request or to check to if a query has been answered, you will need to log in via the electronic Referral System (eRS)

Click here for the "how to access" e-Referral Advice and Guidance Manual for instructions on how to make a request and check responses

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