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Blood cancer patients less likely to be diagnosed quickly after visit to GP

Henry Winter
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08 Feb 2013

Research published in the British Journal of Cancer shows that 80% of all cancer cases are now being diagnosed after one or two visits to the GP.  The news for blood cancers is not as positive.

In response, Chris Bunce, Research Director at blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, says:

Professor Chris Bunce, Research Director of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, said: “There has long been anecdotal evidence that many patients with cancers of the blood such as non-Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma are taking too long to be diagnosed. This report shows that the percentage of myeloma cases taking three or more GP visits before referral is higher than any other cancer.

Seemingly innocuous symptoms such as bruising, fatigue and infections play a part in slowing down diagnosis. However more needs be done to raise awareness with GPs about indicators for these rarer cancers.”

Read the original article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21372792