Research published this week suggests that people avoid going to their doctor with potentially serious symptoms because they are worried about wasting the doctor’s time.
Chris Bunce, Research Director at blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, says:
“For patients with a possible blood cancer, this problem is further compounded by the fact that symptoms of blood cancer can be varied, including bruising, persistent infections, and fatigue, and can be easily mistaken for other less serious conditions. This can mean that an individual doesn’t realise they need to see a doctor, particularly in the early stages.
“For the same reasons, doctors often misdiagnose blood cancers, resulting in delays in treatment.
“We urge anyone with unusual symptoms to make an appointment with their GP.”