A Lancet Oncology study that was reported in The Daily Telegraph demonstrated that patients would prefer symptoms to be tested sooner than current NHS guidelines suggest.

The article stated that current NICE guidelines recommend that patients should have symptoms that indicate a five per cent or higher risk before tests for cancer are undertaken. The Lancet Oncology study found that 88 per cent of patients would opt for tests if their symptoms indicate just a one per cent risk of cancer. Certain variables were demonstrated as to whether patients would opt for earlier testing, such as age, travel times to testing centres, a family history of cancer, and higher household income.

The Lancet Oncology study can be accessed here.