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Detecting Cancer Early Research Priorities Survey

Take part in the survey and help generate the top 10 priorities for future research in the early detection of cancer

Survey open: 1 December 2018 – 28 February 2019

Almost 360,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer every year*.

Detecting cancer as early as possible is critical to patients getting the most effective treatment.

To help research into early detection, we want to understand what is important to:

·         patients

·         their family, relatives and/or carers

·         healthcare professionals

·         the public

Our aim is to gather unanswered research questions on detecting cancer early and generate a top 10 set of research priorities.

You can provide your ideas about what is important in cancer early detection research by completing the survey.  Thoughts about all cancer types can be included in your survey suggestions.

Taking the Survey

The Detecting Cancer Early Research Priorities Survey is hosted by The University of Manchester.

Click here to take the Survey

You will also find suggestions about areas you may want to consider in cancer early detection and some examples of research questions generated by other studies.

Please note: this project is not about cancer in children (under 18 years) or when treatment fails and cancer comes back.

The survey should take around 10 minutes to complete, and is open from 1 December 2018 to 28 February 2019.

After the survey – staying involved

After the survey closes, your ideas and feedback will be reviewed through a predefined process.  A further workshop will also be held in early summer 2019, where patients, carers and healthcare professionals will work together to decide on the top 10 most important questions identified by this survey.

If you would be interested in attending the workshop, please let us know using the contact details below.

Survey contact

Please direct any questions to:

Dr Ellena Badrick – Survey Project Manager & Cancer Data Scientist

Telephone: 0161 918 2349  Email: ellena.badrick@manchester.ac.uk

Address: NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre, MCRC Building, 555 Wilmslow Road, Manchester M20 4GJ

About the survey

The Detecting Cancer Early Research Priorities Survey is a being run as a Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) project using the internationally recognised James Lind Alliance methodology.  A PSP aims to bring together patients, carers and healthcare professionals to jointly identify priorities for research.

The project steering group comprises patient representatives, researchers and healthcare professionals.  It has been approved by The University of Manchester’s Research Ethics Committee (reference number: 2018-4400-7542).

Access the survey here

Twitter: follow @EarlyPsp for survey updates #earlierthebetter


* 2001 – 2015 incidence figures compiled for each nation from Office for National Statistics, ISD Scotland, Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit and Northern Ireland Cancer Registry