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Over 330,000 Brits diagnosed with cancer each year

Just under a third of a million people are diagnosed with cancer ever year, figures from Cancer Research UK have shown. More than 330,000 found out they had some form of the disease in 2011, the health charity said.

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88% want doctors to check cancer symptoms further

The overwhelming majority of cancer patients would like doctors to check their symptoms much sooner than they currently do, research suggests.

Most patients want doctors to check if they have cancer, even if there is only a 1% chance. Credit: PA

At least 88% of the 3,649 people who were quizzed by scientists from Bristol University, the University of Exeter Medical School and the University of Cambridge, said they wanted doctors to investigate their symptoms further.

The participants, all over 40, said they wanted further tests done even if there was only a 1% chance of having cancer.

There are no fixed thresholds in the UK, but in practice, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines suggest patients need to have symptoms which indicate a five per cent risk or higher before further tests for most cancers are carried out.

Dr Jonathan Banks, of Bristol University, said: "This large study provides a clear and comprehensive account of public preference for investigation for cancer."

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