Liver Cancer: Screening

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 29th November 2022.

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Photo of Peter Gibson Peter Gibson Conservative, Darlington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recall systems are in place to ensure regular liver cancer surveillance among adults with cirrhosis.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

NHS England is working with providers to identify how liver surveillance can be more systematic and ensuring that those at high risk will be offered scans, as recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

NHS England is offering mobile fibroscans and other diagnostic activity to people at high risk of liver cancer. In addition, the National Cancer Programme fund Community Liver Health Checks in 12 areas in England to provide earlier identification of patients with liver disease and ensure that those at high risk of hepatocellular carcinoma are referred for six-monthly liver surveillance by ultrasound.

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