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[Editorial] A new approach for cancer primary care in England

Last week, the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published a new guideline, Suspected cancer: recognition and referral, updating their previous 2005 cancer guideline and incorporating updates for lung and ovarian cancers. NICE estimates that 5000 lives could be saved in England annually if cancers are diagnosed sooner, and they hope that this guideline will help general practitioners (GPs) and patients to consider and identify cancer at the earliest presentation. The guideline provides a new symptom-based approach for diagnosis, to improve recognition of early cancer across all patient groups, including children and young and older adults.