Ignoring minor symptoms delays cancer diagnoses

27 January 2015

Cancer Research UK has published a new study that shows that dismissing symptoms and a reluctance to waste doctors’ time can severely delay a diagnosis of cancer.

Other reasons for not getting symptoms looked at include fear of a cancer diagnosis, misplaced faith in a ‘stiff upper lip’, a lack of confidence in the healthcare system or attributing the complaint to ageing.

Over 1,700 patients from three GP practices in London answered a health questionnaire, which included classic symptoms of cancer but made no explicit reference to the disease. Of the 900 people who reported one of the warning signs, 50 were interviewed by researchers. A total of 45 per cent had avoided visiting their GPs about their symptoms.
Richard Roope, Cancer Research UK's GP expert, said: "The advice we give is: if in doubt, check it out; this would not be wasting your GP's time. Often your symptoms won't be caused by cancer, but if they are, the quicker the diagnosis, the better the outcome."

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Posted by ​Phillip Briggs 

 

Health News is provided by Adfero in collaboration with Spire Healthcare. Please note that all copy above is ©Adfero Ltd. and does not reflect views or opinions of Spire Healthcare unless explicitly stated. Additional comments on the page from individual Spire consultants do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of other consultants or Spire Healthcare.

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