Significant variation in A&E cancer diagnoses across England

Cancer diagnosis in accident and emergency departments are three times more likely in some parts of England than others | HSJ

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Public Health England data shared with HSJ shows the number of cancer diagnoses in emergency care, often when a patient has attended for another reason, vary from 11 per cent of all cancer diagnoses in one clinical commissioning area to 33 per cent in another.

The figures indicate which areas are better at detecting cancers at an early stage and in primary care services. The percentage of cancer cases diagnosed during an emergency visit to hospital is recognised as a proxy for the effectiveness of primary care.

The national average according to the most recent available data, for quarter three of 2015-16, is 20 per cent of cancer cases being diagnosed in A&E.

In the same period, South Manchester CCG had the highest rate of 33 per cent, compared to 11 per cent for North Somerset CCG, which was the lowest.

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