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Annual NHS cancer checks top two million for the first time

25/04/2019

For the first time last year, the NHS in England carried out more than two million checks on people who feared they might have cancer.

In 2018, patients underwent 2.2 million cancer checks following urgent referral by their GP, almost 6,000 a day or more than four every minute. Record numbers of people also received treatment for cancer, with 308,058 receiving a first treatment in 2018, almost 13,000 more than in 2017 and the first time the number has topped 300,000.

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