Did you know that there are as many different types of cancer as there are different cells in the human body (c200)?
For some cancers, the earlier it is detected, the increased likelihood of survival. In recent years, articles published by the media say cancer survival in the UK is the worst in Europe.
Why is that? Cancer Research UK say that a reason for this is late diagnosis which suggests either we are not going to our GP to get checked or our medical professionals are missing opportunities to diagnose earlier.
Cancer takes many different forms, and whilst we are inundated with guidance and advice to prevent its development, cancer can creep up on us with only the mildest of symptoms. It is vitally important that if you ever have any concerns, you attend your GP for medical advice. This may be what ultimately saves your life!
Some common signs of cancer are:
- Coughing, chest pain and breathlessness
- Change in bowel habits
- Lump in your breast
- Unexplained weight loss
- Unexplained bleeding
- Moles – includes change of shape, colour, size
Please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cancer/symptoms/ for more information.
But what if the chances of survival are impacted by the failings of your GP or hospital?
When you attend your GP or hospital, the duty is then passed on to the medical professionals to identify a cause for your concern, and refer you for further investigations if necessary. If cancer is suspected, it is mandatory that the patient is referred to hospital for further tests under a two-week pathway. In other words, the patient should undergo further tests/investigations to rule out cancer within two weeks of referral.
If you feel that your care has been handled poorly and that you are the victim of a delay in diagnosis/misdiagnosis, contact us here and our specialist clinical negligence team will be there to support you on a ‘no win no fee’ funding arrangement during this incredibly challenging time.