10,000 a year die due to late cancer diagnosis30th November 2009
National Cancer Director Professor Mike Richards has said that diagnosing cancer in its late stages is causing up to 10,000 unnecessary deaths every year.
The government's cancer tsar said the situation was "unacceptable" and the first step was to find out why delays were occurring which caused late diagnosis.
His thoughts will feature in an article published in the upcoming British Journal of Cancer.
At present, nine in 10 patients are diagnosed because of symptoms, not from screening programmes.
Professor Richards said that improving diagnosis to the same standard as the top-ranking European countries could prevent many deaths.
He referred to research which showed that around 50% of preventable deaths were the consequence of tumours caused by breast, colon and lung cancer.
A survey carried out by Cancer Research UK found that over one third of people (40%) said they would put off visiting the GP because they did not want to waste their time.
Professor Steve Field, chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said: "It's wrong to blame GPs for all these deaths, as there are many factors involved, including patients not recognising symptoms of cancer and not talking to their GP about them, especially middle-aged men."
"But I'm sure that we could all at times be more alert to symptoms and investigate and refer patients quicker."
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Title: 10,000 a year die due to late cancer diagnosis
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 13421
Date Added: 30th Nov 2009