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Brown promises better cancer checks

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."


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