Cancer: Screening

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th March 2018.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time was for cancer test results in each hospital trust in England in 2009-10 and each subsequent year.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Data is not available in the format requested.

NHS England publishes monthly performance data against the waiting times standards for diagnostic tests and the waiting times of people referred by their general practitioner with suspected cancer or breast symptoms and those subsequently diagnosed with and treated for cancer. This information is available at the following links:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/diagnostics-waiting-times-and-activity/

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/cancer-waiting-times/

Performance data on diagnostic tests include Magnetic Resonance Imaging scans and the other key tests (chest x-ray to aid in diagnosing lung cancer; non-obstetric ultrasound to support the diagnosis of ovarian cancers; flexible sigmoidoscopy/colonoscopy to support the diagnosis of bowel cancer), however many of the tests also have wider clinical uses.

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