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New NICE cancer strategy “could save thousands” of lives if GPs adhere

About 5,000 lives could be saved each year in England if GPs follow new guidelines on cancer diagnosis, the health watchdog NICE says.

Its experts say that a new approach is necessary to tackle England’s lagging cancer survival rates.

The guidelines suggest all GPs order certain tests directly, side-stepping referrals to specialists first, to speed up access to treatment.

Charities support the changes but warn that more funds are needed.

Read more on BBC Health.

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