6 out of 10 patients unlikely to have urgent cancer warning signs investigated

Written by Lana Shkak, Commissioning Editor


Funded by Cancer Research UK (London, UK), a largescale study  by the University of Exeter and University College London (both UK) has demonstrated that six out of ten patients with cancer warning signs are not referred for investigation by their GPs. Due to cancer affecting one in two people and accounting for 10 million deaths worldwide, early diagnosis can save lives. Author Gary Abel (University of Exeter, UK) stated that although “we’ve made huge progress in improving life-saving cancer diagnosis in the UK”, individuals not referred were more likely to be “diagnosed with cancer in the next year”. The team...

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