One in five cancer patients wait over 3 months before GP visit

One in five cancer patients wait more than three months before visiting a doctor about their symptoms, a new study suggests. Twenty one percent of patients who took part in the study waited for at least three months.

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Study: 21% of cancer patients delayed doctor visit

One in five cancer patients wait over three months before visiting a doctor about their symptoms, a new study suggests.

Twenty one percent of cancer patients waited over three months before seeing a doctor. Credit: Reuters

Twenty one percent of patients in the study waited for at least 90 days before raising the issue with a medical professional.

Patients with prostate cancer and rectal cancer were most likely to delay while breast cancer patients were the least likely, according to the research published in the British Journal of Cancer.

Researchers surveyed 2,371 patients with 15 different cancers about the symptoms that had led to diagnosis.

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