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Late Cancer Diagnosis

September 2014 report by Incisive Health, a specialist health policy and communications consultancy, in collaboration with Cancer Research UK

The report, funded by Cancer Research UK, is entitled Saving lives, averting costs: an analysis of the financial implications of achieving earlier diagnosis of colorectal, lung and ovarian cancer.

The report aimed to uncover the financial implications of achieving earlier diagnosis for colon, rectal, non-small cell lung (the most common type of lung cancer) and ovarian cancers. It estimated the number of people currently diagnosed with cancer using national guidance and data sources. This included data on the stage of the cancer when it was diagnosed (where available), and the authors calculated the cost of treatment. They then modelled what would happen if the cancers had been diagnosed earlier.

The report predicted around 52,000 cases of four common cancers (colon, rectal, lung and ovarian) may be spotted too late every year, costing the NHS around an extra £150 million to treat.

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