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London’s urgent suspected cancer referrals

The two-week urgent referral pathway for suspected cancer is a key part of NHS England’s national cancer strategy for achieving earlier diagnosis and improved survival rates in England:

“In order to improve early diagnosis, we need to encourage people to recognise the symptoms and signs of cancer, and seek advice from their doctor as soon as possible. We also need doctors to recognise these symptoms and (if appropriate) refer people urgently for specialist care”.

Interactive data dashboard

Use the interactive dashboard to view urgent suspected cancer referral activity data: London-wide, at London sustainability and transformation planning (STP) level, for cancer alliances and at tumour level. The dashboard is best viewed in full screen mode.


 

Data highlights

London’s urgent suspected cancer referral activity data shows that more people are being referred and diagnosed via this referral route than ever before. It also shows that suspected skin cancer has now overtaken breast cancer as the most commonly suspected cancer for London GPs.

More data resources

To see key referral and diagnosis data at CCG and GP practice level, use the National Cancer Research and Analysis Service (NCRAS) profiles plus tool.