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About 5,000 lives could be saved each year in England if GPs follow new guidelines on cancer diagnosis, the health watchdog NICE says.
Its experts say that a new approach is necessary to tackle England's laggingcancer survival rates.
The guidelines suggest all GPs order certain tests directly, side-stepping referrals to specialists first, to speed up access to treatment.
Charities say they support the changes but warn that more funds are needed.
Doctors have long agreed that the sooner most cancers are diagnosed, the greater the chance of survival.
But according to experts from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), although the situation is improving, thousands of lives are lost each year because tumours are being diagnosed too late.
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