DoH's £60 million bowel cancer plan

The DoH has pledged to invest £60 million in new bowel cancer screening technology over the next four years, which could save 3,000 lives.

Mr Lansley: 'I want to deliver cancer survival rates comparable to the best in the world'

The money will allow patients to undergo novel flexible sigmoidoscopy screening for free on the NHS.

The DoH said £43 million will be spent to ensure all high priority patients get access to proton beam therapy, which should help 400 people a year.

An extra 1,200 cancer specialists will be hired by 2012, and £10.75 million will go to cancer awareness campaigns.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley said: 'I want the NHS to deliver cancer survival rates comparable to the best in the world.

'We have secured the funding for a four-year roll out and will, subject to the green light from the UK National Screening Committee, begin pilots from spring next year.'

He added: 'We will also, if evidence proves it is effective, introduce a national awareness campaign on the signs and symptoms of cancer, helping to ensure that people get diagnosed when their cancer can be cured.'

The plans come in addition to a £50 million fund for cancer drugs currently unavailable on the NHS in England.

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