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Prostate Cancer

Health written question – answered on 14th October 2004.

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Photo of Professor Ross Cranston Professor Ross Cranston Labour, Dudley North

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has undertaken into the different frequencies with which men and women access primary care for cancer.

Photo of Miss Melanie Johnson Miss Melanie Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

The Department has not funded work specifically on this topic. The Department's policy research programme has however funded five projects costing £0.5 million on cancer referral strategies and primary care. The purpose of the research, which is nearing completion, has been to increase the evidence base to help general practitioners with the referral of patients with possible early symptoms of cancer. It has also looked at the extent of and reasons for delay by patients in presenting to general practice.

The results will contribute to the development of policy for improving the early detection of cancer in patients with symptoms.

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