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British National Health Service: late cancer diagnosis kills 10,000 a year

Posted by iusbvision on January 29, 2010

Sadly, this speaks for itself.

UK Daily Mail:

Late diagnosis of cancer needlessly kills up to 10,000 patients every year, the Government’s director of cancer services has revealed.

Professor Mike Richards will this week unveil a shocking study of the three deadliest forms  –  lung, bowel and breast cancer  –  showing that early detection could save twice as many lives as previously thought.

He blamed the ‘unacceptable’ situation on both GPs and patients who fail to seek medical attention in time.

Professor Richards said: ‘Efforts now need to be directed at promoting early diagnosis for the very large number of patients  –  over 90 per cent  –  who are diagnosed as a result of their symptoms rather than by screening.’

The findings will add to the pressure on the NHS to make sure doctors recognise the vital signs which can enable a patient to benefit from life-saving surgery or chemotherapy.

Professor Richards, who compared one-year survival rates for the three cancers in England and other European countries, told the Guardian the number of preventable deaths was between 5,000 and 10,000.

His research will appear in the forthcoming British Journal of Cancer, published by Cancer Research UK.

One Response to “British National Health Service: late cancer diagnosis kills 10,000 a year”

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