The Department of Health has announced measures for co-operation between the charities Cancer Research UK and Macmillan to try ensure quick cancer diagnoses..
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said one quarter of cancer patients are currently diagnosed in emergency circumstances, when symptoms are at an advanced stage.
Macmillan will also work with survivors under new plans from NHS England to promote physical activity to help with recovery, he added.
The Department of Health said around one million people have been treated in the UK for cancer in the past four years.
Death rates from the four most common cancers - breast, bowel, prostate and lung cancer - have fallen by 30 per cent in the last two decades, Cancer Research UK said last week.