About 25% teenagers with cancer had
to see their General Practitioners (GP) at least 4-times before they were
referred to a specialist, while about 1/5th were not referred at all
despite 59% patients having showed at least 2 of the most common symptoms like-
pain, a lump or swelling, fatigue, headache or drastic weight loss. The survey
was conducted by Teenage Cancer Trust. The survey also revealed that about 3 in
5 teenagers feel that their diagnosis could have been made faster.
The findings highlight the need for considering early
diagnosis of cancer among teenagers. It also suggests that health professionals
should not take the symptoms lightly because delayed diagnosis significantly
increases the stress and anxiety among young people and affects the survival of
The Teenage Cancer Trust is urging that the diagnosis rates of cancer in
young people should be improved so that the outcome is better. The charity
believes that the NHS and GP Consortia can play a big role in ensuring the
availability of best possible diagnostic tools and referral pathways.