Technology.am (Nov. 30, 2009) — About 10,000 people die of cancer annually due to delayed diagnoses, according to the government’s cancer tsar. The number is two times the earlier approximate for avertable deaths. Prof Mike Richards revised his estimation after studying the three deadliest forms of the ailment – lung, bowel and breast cancer.
“These delays in patients presenting with symptoms and cancer being diagnosed at a delayed stage unavoidably cost lives. The circumstances are objectionable,” Prof Richards told the Guardian.
Fresh efforts are intended to alert the public about the signs of cancer and develop family doctors’ capability to spot signs of the disease in advance, he added.
In an article in the approaching British Journal of Cancer, which is published by Cancer Research UK, Richards will say: “Efforts currently require to be directed at promoting premature diagnosis for the very large number (over 90 per cent) of cancer patients who are diagnosed as a outcome of their symptoms, rather than by test.
“The National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative [NAEDI] has been recognized to co-ordinate and drive efforts in this region. The size of the prize is huge – potentially 5,000 to 10,000 deaths that take place within five years of diagnosis could be avoided annually.”
Prof Richards reached his conclusions after analyzing one-year endurance rates for the three cancers in England and comparing them with those in other European countries in the late 1990s.