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Number of urgent cancer tests increase but patients still waiting too long for results and treatment

Recent analysis from NHS England indicates that there has been a rise in the number of people undergoing an urgent cancer check in the last 12 months. According to a recent article from the BBC, the latest figures show that a record number of 2,980,258 people in England received an urgent cancer check between November 2022 and October 2023. Several factors are attributed to the increase in urgent referrals. However, there are still concerns in relation to failures to meet other crucial targets, such as waiting times for results and commencing treatment.

The report showed that in October 2023:

  • 29% waited longer than the four-week target to find out if they had cancer.
  • 63.1% of patients started treatment within two months of urgent referral, falling short of the 85% target.

Read the full BBC News article here: Cancer: Almost three million tested in England

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