Background to the National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative (NAEDI)
The National Awareness & Early Diagnosis Initative (NAEDI) was announced in the Cancer Reform Strategy 2007 and is a partnership between the Department of Health (DH), National Cancer Action Team (NCAT) and Cancer Research UK. It is being led by Professor Sir Mike Richards, National Cancer Director (NCAT) and Harpal Kumar, Chief Executive (Cancer Research UK).
Its aim is to co-ordinate a programme of activity to support local interventions to raise public awareness of the signs and symptoms of early cancer and encourage people to seek help sooner.
There are four main work streams which NAEDI covers these are:-
- Achieving early presentation by public and patients
- Optimising clinical practice and systems
- Improving GP access to diagnostics
- Research, evaluation and monitoring
Further information about these workstreams can be found on the NAEDI section of the Cancer Research UK website and in Information to GP leaflet.
Within this section you will find information on;
- Campaigns - the current campaigns which are running within ASWCS and nationally to improve awareness of the signs and symptoms of specific cancers with a view to getting cancer diagnosed earlier.
- Signs for Survival Initiative - The "Signs for Survival (S4S)" project brings together a range of initiatives that relate to the earlier diagnosis of cancer in Primary Care.
- LAEDI - the work that ASWCS is doing locally to support NAEDI.