Dr Owen Carter is the cancer lead GP for Wandsworth and Merton. He is responsible for designing the pathways with which we can get early diagnosis and treatment for people in whom we suspect cancer. We are encouraged to refer people who have as little as a 3% chance of actually having cancer. We are able to get hospital appointments within 2 weeks. We are getting more direct access to scans and some people will be directly recalled for investigation after certain test results. Abnormal smear results and chest Xrays may result in direct recall to a gynaecologist or a chest clinic.
A lot of cancer could be prevented by improved lifestyle. In a word, keep slim and active, don't smoke nor drink too much.
National screening is available for breast, cervical and colon cancers. Do take up invitations to attend for screening. Individual screening can be offered for those at higher genetic risk of certain cancers with advice from our local clinical genetics service.
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