'Audit lung cancer to improve detection'

GPs should start auditing lung cancer diagnoses to improve early detection of the disease in primary care, say campaigners.

The UK Lung Cancer Coalition (UKLCC) says records of patterns of presentation for lung cancer could boost survival.

Lung cancer patients in the UK have one of the lowest survival rates in Europe, with five-year survival at 8.4 per cent in Scotland and 8.2 per cent in England.

In comparison, 16.8 per cent of lung cancer patients in Iceland are alive five years after diagnosis.
The UKLCC has now developed a 12-step plan it says can reverse this trend.

Recommendations include:

  • Audit of lung cancer diagnosis trends in primary care
  • Quicker access to diagnostics such as X-rays
  • Lung cancer screening pilot
  • Improve public awareness and understanding to increase early presentation
  • Rapid communications on diagnoses from secondary care to primary care

 

rachel.liddle@haymarket.com

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