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‘Skin snaps’ and rapid tests to speed cancer diagnosis

‘Skin snaps’ and rapid tests for same day diagnosis are among a package of measures to get more people checked for cancer.

£20 million is being invested to speed up the rollout of these plans. ‘Teledermatology’ is being used to diagnose skin cancer faster, with pictures taken by a medical photographer sent to hospitals so diagnosis and treatment can happen quickly. New efforts to speed up diagnosis for prostate cancer are also seeing patients referred directly for an MRI scan by nurses, rather than having to wait for an appointment with a consultant. This has reduced multiple visits to a single visit, with all diagnostic tests carried out on the same day.