Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced an extension of screening and early treatment for cancer as part of the next phase of the government's agenda to deliver "world-class healthcare".
Mr Brown said that the waiting time for women for the results of cervical screening tests will be reduced from six weeks or more to a maximum of 14 days.
The age range for routine screening for women for breast cancer - currently 50 to 70 - will be extended to 47 to 73, bringing an extra 200,000 women a year into the programme.
He also said that the government will deliver on its manifesto commitment to ensure an appointment with a specialist within two weeks of referral for all patients with suspected breast problems.
And he added that a further one million men and women will undergo routine screening for colon cancer.
"Those are my goals for a better NHS," he said.
"And I believe over the next few days we will show it is the Labour Party which has the strength and vision to deliver the changes which people want, against a Tory Party which refuses to back our reforms and cannot match our investment."