4 November 2014
Today [Tuesday] new research being presented at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Conference in Liverpool reveals that patients whose lung cancer was diagnosed as an emergency in hospital reported difficulties in seeing their GP.
Responding to the findings Duleep Allirajah, Head of Policy at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“It is deeply saddening that some people avoid going to their GP because of difficulties in getting appointments and fear of what the doctor might find and so are being diagnosed with lung cancer in A&E.
“We know that lung cancer patients are more than four times more likely to survive at least a year after diagnosis if the disease is caught early . Being diagnosed with lung cancer through emergency admission means it is more likely that these people will have an advanced form of the disease and that their cancer may not be successfully treated.
“This once again serves as a reminder that UK cancer survival rates are amongst the worst in Europe and that we desperately need to take action to address problems such as late diagnosis. Ahead of the next general election, Macmillan Cancer Support is calling on all political parties to commit to tackle poor cancer survival rates as a matter of urgency and make cancer a top priority.”
For further information, please contact:
Cora Bauer, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2016 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
 Lung cancer patients in 2012 in England were more than four times more likely to survive a year after diagnosis if diagnosed at stage one (87%) compared with stage four (19%). These rates have been age standardised and are relative to the general population. NCIN Survival by stage http://www.ncin.org.uk/view?rid=2758
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