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1 in 5 cancer cases could be caught sooner by North-east Global Positioning System

GPs are still diagnosing and referring 81% of patients GPs are still diagnosing and referring 81% of patients
Cris De Lacerda | 26 Abril, 2017, 16:26

Experts say the findings shed new light on why cancer may be diagnosed late, a situation which makes treatment less effective because the disease is usually at a more advanced stage.

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of the Royal College of Global Positioning System, said the proportion of cancers diagnosed as an emergency is dropping and more patients are being diagnosed at an earlier stage.

Latest figures show that nearly 197 thousand people were screened between 2012 and 2015 - and 521 cancers were detected.

"This highlights the need to explore all the reasons why cancers are diagnosed late, including what happens outside GP surgeries.

'Alarming toll of victims sent away THREE TIMES without diagnosis" is the Mail's spin on a sensible and interesting paper in the British Journal of Literally Never Removed From Its Shrink-wrapping Until It Goes In The Recycle Bin Won't Someone Think Of The Trees that looked at how many times patients who were confirmed to have cancer during an emergency hospital admission had seen a GP beforehand.

Those who had not seen their GP at all tended to be male, older, and living in England's most deprived regions.

They said patients diagnosed in A&E; with common cancers, after seeing their GP, may have had atypical symptoms. Some of these patients had cancers that are more hard to spot, such as myeloma and lung cancer, which could be the reason for the multiple visits.

An early cancer diagnosis can improve the outlook for patients
An early cancer diagnosis can improve the outlook for patients

Dr Georgios Lyratzopoulos, a lead researcher at UCL, said: "These findings tell us that some patients diagnosed as an emergency might not be acting on "red flag" symptoms which could have prompted them to visit their GP".

"When someone has been diagnosed with cancer they have to adjust to many changes and this means that patients and those close to them often experience strong emotions and worries".

Researchers say the findings show more now needs to be done to improve public confidence in Global Positioning System, while ensuring medical practitioners have better access to tests and specialist advice to help diagnose cancer as early as possible.

And Dr Julie Sharp, head of health information at Cancer Research UK, said: "Campaigns like Be Clear on Cancer have boosted the public's awareness of cancer signs and symptoms".

"We need to continue to increase awareness of cancer signs and symptoms and help break down the barriers preventing people from seeing their GP earlier, whilst Global Positioning System need better access to the right tests and referral routes if we want to see this number reduced".

Cancer Research UK is now working with Global Positioning System to help improve early cancer diagnosis and ensure they have the freedom to refer patients for further tests and access specialist advice if cancer is suspected.

"Knowledge of the disease will also give them the confidence to persevere with their GP if they feel their symptoms are not being taken seriously enough".