Breast Cancer Campaign responds to draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) about spotting suspected cancers earlier.
Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Campaign, said:
"We know that the earlier cancer is diagnosed and treated, the greater the chance of survival and so we welcome the review of this important guideline to ensure the right steps are taken should cancer be suspected by a GP.
“However, we are concerned that the draft guideline does not address some key issues for breast cancer. In particular, the list of breast cancer symptoms does not cover all relevant symptoms and recommendations for referring younger people who have suspected breast cancer have been completely removed.
“Unfortunately incidence of cancer in the UK is on the rise, and we expect the number of people being diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK to rise to over 57,000 by 2030. Following the consultation, it is vital that the final guideline provides the most detailed and accurate information to ensure that suspected breast, and all cancers, can be diagnosed, referred and treated as early as possible.”