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More than two million people were tested for cancer last year for the first time ever, the NHS has announced.
Almost 6,000 people were checked for the devastating disease every day in 2018, while a record-breaking more than 300,000 people received treatment.
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The rises come as the NHS is pursuing a plan to speed up cancer diagnoses and spot the illness earlier in a bid to improve survival rates.
Figures revealed by the NHS today showed 2.2million cancer checks were carried out last year after people had been urgently referred by their doctor.
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This was a sharp increase from 1.9million in 2017 and, rather than a cause for concern, officials say the rise is a good sign.
'Thanks to a greater awareness of symptoms, more people than ever before are coming forward to get checked for cancer, with over two million in just one year and record numbers of people receiving treatment,' said NHS England's national director for cancer, Cally Palmer.
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'We want to see even more people seeking help when something is not right.
'Catching cancer earlier when it can be treated best is crucial to providing peace of mind for patients and their families and saving more lives.'
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The biggest increase in referrals for cancer tests was among people with suspected cancer in the urological system – which could include the genitals or bladder.
There were 18.8 per cent more referrals in this area than in the previous year up from around 192,000 to 228,000.
There were also big...
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