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UK Government Tackles Early Diagnosis of Cancer With New Initiatives

NEW YORK (360Dx) – The UK government today announced several measures aimed at the early diagnosis of cancer.

The measures are part of a long-term plan for the National Health Service that will be rolled out across the country to detect 3 out of every 4 cancers at an early stage. The goal is to be able to do so by 2028, the UK government said.

The plan aims to overhaul screening programs and invest in new technologies for diagnosing disease, as well as boost research and innovation. Initiatives include new tests for bowel cancer, mobile lung screening units, and rapid diagnostics centers across the UK for same-day testing.

As part of the plan, AI technology will be used to better target at-risk populations and bring screening closer to the home. Also, the recommended age for bowel screening will be lowered to 50 from 60 to adopt a new fecal immunochemical test that is easier to use and detects cancer at an earlier stage.

Additionally, the plan will take steps to accelerate access to new treatments and hasten the translation of new breakthroughs into practice by investing in cancer research centers, the government said.

The government noted in a statement that 52 percent of the 10 most common cancers in the UK are currently diagnosed at stages 1 and 2. The plan announced today aims to boost that to 75 percent by 2028.