8 Oct

Muslim MPs brief Chief Prelates in Kandy

The Chief Prelates in Kandy had earlier urged the Muslim MPs who had resigned from their portfolios to resume their Government duties. The Chief Prelates had been of the opinion the resignation of the Muslim Ministers should not have happened. (Colombo Gazette) The MPs have been briefing several people following their resignation, including diplomats and members of the opposition. All Muslim Parliamentarians who resigned from their Ministerial portfolios recently briefed the Chief Prelates of the Asgiriya and Malwatte Chapters in Kandy today on the reasons for their resignation.Former Minister Rauff Hakeem tweeted saying they were elated to have had the opportunity to appraise the monks on the reason for their collective resignations. read more

25 Sep

Half of skin cancer patients are failing to be referred urgently Nice

first_imgHealth watchdogs are calling for improvements in diagnosis and treatment of skin cancerCredit:Alamy “We want to improve the outcome for everyone diagnosed with skin cancer.”Skin cancer can be split into two groups: malignant melanoma, which can prove fatal, and non-melanoma skin cancers such as squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinomas which are rarely fatal.Non-melanoma skin cancers are more common, with 72,000 cases diagnosed in the UK in 2013, although experts say the true number is significantly higher.The standards also urge GPs to carry out better monitoring of cases where low-risk basal cell carcinomas have been removed.Dr Rachael Robinson, a Nice skin cancer expert, said: “There are competent GPs who are trained to perform basal cell carcinoma skin surgery and may do this in GP surgeries or part of a community clinic.“However there is currently no agreed process in place to support good practice in this area and so this quality statement seeks to address this by recommending those GPs maintain training standards, record activity and perform audits.” The remainder are diagnosed in outpatient clinics, at emergency presentation, and inpatients who are already staying in hospital, with unexplained symptoms. In a number of cases, the data does not show where they are diagnosed.Skin cancer can be split into two groups: malignant melanoma, which can prove fatal, and non-melanoma skin cancers such as squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinomas which are rarely fatal.Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive of Nice, said: “Melanoma causes more deaths than all other skin cancers combined and we don’t have reliable data for the spread of non-melanoma skin cancers.“This quality standard tackles the key areas for improvement in skin cancer care, from promotion of the warning signs, to early diagnosis, to better treatment options. Health watchdogs have called for improvements in diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer after new figures showed just half of skin cancers are being diagnosed after an urgent referral by GPs.The warning from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) comes as figures show cases of skin cancer have risen by almost 50 per cent in a decade. In England there were 12,246 new cases of malignant melanoma in 2013, with around 2,000 deaths a year. The rise of package holidays has contributed to a huge increase in skin cancer among middle-aged and older people, previous figures show.Earlier this year Cancer Research UK said the “sun, sea and sangria” generation were paying the cost of decades of cheap package holidays, and the desire for deep tans. This quality standard tackles the key areas for improvement in skin cancer care, from promotion of the warning signs, to early diagnosis, to better treatment options. We want to improve the outcome for everyone diagnosed with skin cancerDr Gillian Leng, Nicecenter_img Health watchdogs are calling for improvements in diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer Nice has published new standards, urging GPs to follow existing advice to refer patients with suspected malignant melanoma for an appointment within two weeks.The watchdog highlighted data from the National Cancer Intelligence Network, which shows that just 56 per cent of malignant melanomas were diagnosed in secondary care following a two-week referral for suspected cancer in 2013.The data shows that 29 per cent of cases are still being referred to secondary care via the standard GP referral in 2013, which in some trusts means waits of between four and six weeks. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more