Fern LA, Birch R, Whelan J, Cooke M, Sutton S, Neal RD, Gerrand C, Hubbard G, Smith S, Lethaby C, Dommett R & Gibson F (2013) Why can’t we improve the timeliness of cancer diagnosis in children, teenagers, and young adults?. BMJ, 347, Art. No.: f6493. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6493
First paragraph: More than a third of young people attending this year's Teenage Cancer Trust conference, "find your sense of tumour," were diagnosed through emergency presentation, with a quarter having previously visited their general practitioner with symptoms. This has resulted in a considerable amount of "GP bashing" by young people and an angry but passionate call for interventions to improve the timeliness of cancer diagnosis. The problem seems to be real, but the research evidence is missing.
Output Type: Editorial
BMJ: Volume 347
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