Primary care trusts to receive £8m for cancer prevention campaigns

Local NHS organisations will receive £8m to fund campaigns that improve early diagnosis of cancer, health minister Ann Keen has announced.

Primary care trusts (PCTs) are being invited to bid for up to £100,000 to run campaigns targeted at breast, colorectal and lung cancer.

As part of the campaign they will measure the impact so that the most effective can be repeated across the country.

PCTs will be able to use the money for a whole range of initiatives including PR and advertising campaigns, outreach work and making more public information available.

This investment follows the Prime Minister’s pledge to ensure that all patients with cancer symptoms receive their results from diagnostic tests within one week.

Health minister Ann Keen said: ‘Our aim is to save up to 10,000 extra lives a year through early diagnosis and intervention. These local campaigns will encourage patients with symptoms to seek help earlier and builds on the Prime Minister’s recent pledge to give patients the results of their diagnostic tests within one week.’

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