Two thousand bowel cancer tumours a year are missing by GPs... before before spotted in casualty: Fifth of patients diagnosed in A&E had previously been turned away by a family doctor

Family doctors are failing to diagnose thousands of patients who have one of the most common forms of cancer, research suggests.
A fifth of bowel cancer sufferers diagnosed in A&E had previously been sent away by their GP despite having ‘red flag’ symptoms.
Patients who only find out they have the illness in casualty are far less likely to survive, as most have advanced stage tumours which are extremely difficult to treat.
The study by University College London and Cancer Research UK suggests GPs are routinely missing the typical signs of bowel cancer, which include weight loss and... read more

28 September 2016 in Health, Views: 40
Source: Daily Mail

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