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C the Signs diagnostic tool rolled out to 400 GP practices

A new diagnostic tool to help detect cancer at an early stage has been rolled-out across 8 North West London boroughs, including 400 GP practices.

C the Signs can be used by GPs during their regular consultations with a patient, and classifies patients by their risk of cancer, using signs, symptoms, risk factors and other clinical markers.

The tool has been developed by NHS doctors and uses artificial intelligence technology to identify patients with suspected cancer, or who may be at risk of cancer. It is already being used by almost 1000 GPs in South West London and the tool has now been rolled out to 400 GP practices across Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington & Chelsea, and Westminster.

The aim of the tool is to support GPs in monitoring and supporting patients who are at risk of cancer, aiming to make earlier identifications.

Bhavagaya Bakshi, GP and co-founder of C the Signs said: “1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer. Delays in accessing cancer care can mean life or death for patients; it is therefore vital for us to ensure all patients at risk of cancer are identified and referred urgently.”

“Although behind the scenes, C the Signs has already made dramatic differences in patients’ lives by supporting doctors in this complex and challenging area of cancer. We are delighted to be rolling this out further so more patients can benefit.’

Dr Afsana Safa, GP and clinical director for cancer for North West London CCGs said: “GPs want patients with suspected cancer to be diagnosed at the earliest possible stage. We are excited to be rolling out C the Signs, which incorporates our local cancer pathways, to give patients at risk of cancer rapid access to tests, diagnostics and any treatment they may need.”