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NHS70 spotlight on cancer care - with Dr Liz Towers

As we continue to celebrate 70 years of the NHS, the spotlight has been thrown onto cancer care.

Dr Elizabeth Towers

Throughout August the NHS has nationally been looking at some of the key milestones that have helped to improve cancer diagnosis, treatment and care over the decades, as well as looking to the future on NHS cancer care.With this in mind I thought this would be a great opportunity to share with you some of developments across mid Essex in cancer care. 

Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer and one in two of us will get cancer in our life time. Whilst this sounds worrying the good news is that more of us are cured and survive our cancers and even if we can’t cure cancer many are liveable - in fact 5 in 10 people survive the disease for at least 10 years. New ways of diagnosing and treating cancers will mean that more of us will have better outcomes.

In mid Essex there are exciting developments happening including the reintroduction of the vague symptom pathway which allows GP’s to refer patients who have vague symptoms that might represent a cancer.

There is also the introduction of ‘FIT testing’ which will help GPs diagnose bowel cancer.

There will also be the introduction of the “Living with and Beyond Cancer” programme which will deliver changes in the way cancer services are delivered and experienced by patients.

Keep an eye out on our website and social media pages for updates on all of these developments. Also, if you’d like to read more about the national work on cancer care click here .