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Delays in teenage cancer diagnosis

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Teenage cancer patients have expressed concern after experiencing delays in diagnosis.

More than 350 young people took part in a survey conducted at the Teenage Cancer Trust’s national conference in Nottinghamshire.

It found that a quarter of participants who have had or currently have cancer visited their GP at least four times before being referred. Nearly a fifth said their GP did nto referred them.

Professor Sir Mike Richards, national clinical director for cancer and end-of-life care, said: “I get to hear what the key priorities are for teenagers and young people with cancer and this spurs me on to make sure that all services in this country are brought up to the best level.”

The poll showed that 26% of the 356 delegates paid their GP four or more visits before getting a referral, a further 13% said it took them three visits before they were given an appointment with a specialist.

However, more than a fifth (21%) said they only had to see their GP once before being referred.

The conference, called Find Your Sense Of Tumour and held at the Sherwood Forest Center Parcs resort, dealt with the issues young cancer patients face.

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