Diagnosing pancreatic cancer at an earlier stage will contribute to improved survival rates. Increasing the number of cancers that are diagnosed earlier is a top priority for the National Health Service. The NHS Long Term Plan sets an ambition to diagnose 75% of cancers at stage 1 or 2 by 2028, up from the current rate of around 50%. In delivering this, NHS England and NHS Improvement aim to see 55,000 more people a year surviving cancer for five years by 2028.
Actions to improve early diagnosis include setting up Rapid Diagnostic Centres and committing up to £100 million to roll out innovative approaches and technologies, helping diagnose more cancers at an earlier stage.