14 October 2015
Responding to research published in the British Medical Journal which found that a lack of referrals for suspected cancer is linked to more deaths, Dr Rosie Loftus, Joint Chief Medical Officer of Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“We know there is significant variation in how people are referred for suspected cancer, and this study clearly shows how this could be linked to poorer survival. GPs encounter cancer comparatively rarely, but will see large numbers of patients with a variety of symptoms which may or may not be to do with cancer, making diagnosis more difficult. It is therefore critical that GPs have tools available to help them spot cancer at the earliest possible stage.”
“GPs want to do the best possible for patients, and for this to happen, they need more practical support in the workplace to help identify possible cases of cancer. Macmillan has developed an electronic tool that can help GPs make important decisions about referring someone for suspected cancer, which all GPs should have access to.”
For further information, please contact:
Patrick Pringle, Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 840 4891 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
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