Saving lives through improved cancer screening

Detect and treat cancer earlier through proactive contact of people at highest risk, encourage more people to be screened, and invest in the latest technology.

Delivery date:

  • ongoing

To do this we will:

  • support GPs  to screen more people to detect cancers earlier, prioritising prostate, lung, bowel and colon cancers
  • make sure every cancer patient gets a fully coordinated recovery package of assessment, advice, and care  to improve results for people living with and after cancer
  • provide targeted and effective follow-up for all cancer patients to identify any issues as early as possible. 

It is better for people because:

  • more cancers, particularly the most difficult to detect, will be caught earlier which will save lives
  • people will get scans and other test results quicker, reducing worry and speeding up treatment
  • this will improve cancer survival rates and the overall experience.

It is better for the health and care system because:

  • fewer people will be diagnosed in the later stages of cancer
  • best practice standards will be achieved through closer working, better use of IT, data and research, and sharing expertise
  • resources, expertise and innovative technology will be used more effectively,  saving  more lives and improving performance on key cancer standards.

Key facts:

  • fifty per cent of people born after 1960 will be diagnosed with cancer
  • prostate, lung, bowel and colon cancer account for around a third of all cancers in NW London
  • prostate, lung, bowel and colon cancer are some of the hardest to diagnose, and make up over half of all cancers discovered when people arrive in hospital as an emergency.

Expected outcomes:

  • more people will be proactively screened for cancer
  • fewer people diagnosed in later stages of cancer in A&E departments
  • more people surviving  or living longer after being diagnosed with cancer
  • increase in satisfaction with patient, family and carer experience.