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Early Diagnosis and Primary Care

This section of the GM Cancer website provides information on the progress of work in relation to primary care and early diagnosis. The NHS Long Term Plan ambitions for cancer are: By 2028, 55,000 more people each year will survive their cancer for five years 75% of people with cancer will be diagnosed at an early stage (stage 1 or 2) Earlier and faster diagnosis of cancer is dependent on people understanding and being aware of the early signs and symptoms of cancer, by taking up screening programmes or visiting a healthcare professional and the healthcare professionals being aware of / having the tools to hand to ensure a timely referral. A programme of work has been established on behalf of GM Cancer Alliance and the GM system to support the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan ambition to diagnose 75% of cancers at stage 1 or 2 by 2028.

Key people

Portrait photo of Sarah TaylorDr Sarah Taylor, GP and Primary Care Lead 

Alison Jones, Interim Director of CommissioningAlison Jones

Interim Director of Commissioning / Programme Lead, Early Diagnosis and Primary Care

Contact Alison

Rebecca Davies

Project Manager, Early Diagnosis and Primary Care

Contact Rebecca

Early Diagnosis Steering Group

Image showing all the organisations in the early diagnosis steering groupThe Early Diagnosis Steering Group was established in March 2021.

The purpose of this steering group is to identify and employ a range of interventions to support early diagnosis and optimise the proportion of patients identified through screening and managed pathways across primary and secondary care whilst reducing the number of patients diagnosed as an emergency.

The Early Diagnosis Steering Group will report to and be held to account by the Greater Manchester Cancer Board.

Read the Early Diagnosis steering group terms of reference

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