A new pilot scheme aimed at improving early diagnosis of cancer launches across mid Essex this week in the lead up to World Cancer Day on Saturday (4th Feb).
The ‘vague symptoms’ trial begins this week in seven GP practices across mid Essex.
Over the next 12 months, doctors from the practices involved in the pilot, will work closely with a clinical nurse specialist and consultants at Mid Essex Hospital Trust (MEHT) to identify patients who may have symptoms of cancer.
Dr Elizabeth Towers, Macmillan GP for mid Essex, said: “Every year, over 300,000 new cancers are diagnosed in the UK across more than 200 different types of cancer.
“The best way of tackling and beating cancer is to help our GPs and patients recognise early signs of suspected cancer. Sometimes people go to see their GP with vague symptoms that may or may not be cancer.”
This pilot – one of three across the East of England region - will provide a rapid route to diagnostic tests for patients with vague symptoms which are of a concern to the GP.
“We’re hoping that by supporting GPs with their patients we can improve early diagnosis. Early screening and detection of cancer can lead to much higher chances of successful treatment.”
This pilot will be nationally evaluated to measure any impact it has on early cancer diagnosis.