Article

Why can’t we improve the timeliness of cancer diagnosis in children, teenagers, and young adults?

Citation

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

Abstract
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.

Notes
Output Type: Editorial

Journal
BMJ: Volume 347

StatusPublished
Publication date29/10/2013
PublisherBMJ Publishing Group
ISSN0959-8138