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Cancer patients urged to seek medical help earlier

Published on 08/10/2009
Some 40 per cent of Brits have admitted that they would put off visiting their GP with cancer symptoms out of fear of wasting the doctor's time, it has been revealed.

According to a survey by Cancer Research UK, people are putting their health at risk by not seeking medical care as soon as they feel something could be wrong.

In response to the research, a spokesperson for the Patients Association said: "Patients must recognise that the earlier they are treated the higher the chance of success.

"They should also have equal access to the best care available which means the best commissioning by primary care trusts of the most up-to-date treatment in hospital. This is not a time for patients to have to shop around."

In the first quarter of 2009, there was a two-week waiting time for NHS patients from referral for suspected cancer to being seen by a specialist and a 31-day wait between diagnosis to first treatment for all cancers.

The Office for National Statistics reported in December that breast, lung, colorectal and prostate cancers accounted for more than half of the 242,200 new cases of malignant cancer registered in England three years ago.
© ActiveQuote Ltd. 2009


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