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In his speech at the War on Cancer conference in London last week, Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, said that earlier and faster diagnosis of cancer improves survival rates, with patients 18 times more likely to live when the disease is caught sooner.
An article in The Telegraph reports that Mr Stevens said that earlier diagnosis would not only save lives but also money, as there would be less reliance upon expensive treatments. He is quoted in the article saying, “the biggest thing the health service has got to do is get early diagnosis right”.
In the article, Mr Stevens said the NHS will be testing schemes which allow earlier and faster diagnosis of certain cancers.