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5:49pm 31st July 2012

Pirate FM has learnt that some Cornish GP practices are sending three times as many suspected cancer patients to hospital as others.

According to figures from the National Cancer Intelligence Network, there was a gap of three thousand cases between the highest and lowest surgeries last year.

Campaigner Rose Woodward from Porthtowan says more information is needed: "We'd need to see more figures for instance. We'd need to know how many of those referrals are actually ending up in a diagnosis of cancer. It's obviously an area that's crying out for more work because you can't have those sort of discrepancies.

"All we can do is to rely on what we're told from the specialists. That message that comes across very, very clearly is that early diagnosis saves lives. We have to be in a position where we're set up to put those patients through the right sort of tests to discount the possibility of cancer."

5:49pm 31st July 2012

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