New Cancer Study Underlines the Importance of Early Diagnosis

A new study indicates that an alarmingly high number of cancer patients in London A&E departments pass away rapidly.

Research presented at the National Cancer Research Institute cancer conference in Liverpool found that over one-quarter of such patients died within two months.

The experts conducting the survey discovered that people diagnosed in emergency conditions tended to suffer from cancers that have spread significantly around the body.

Additionally, there was also a strong correlation in the research with forms of cancer that are generally harder to treat.

In order to drop these conclusions, researchers analysed data from nearly 1,000 patients.

The individuals examined were diagnosed at 12 A&E departments in north-east and central London and west Essex during 2013.

According to the research, it is reasonable to expect the average survival rates for accident and emergency-related cancers to be in the region of six months.

Indeed, only 36 per cent of the patients assessed by the survey were still alive one year after being diagnosed.

The study also suggested that younger patients were considerably more likely to survive than older individuals.

Half of patients under the age of 65 had died after 14 months, while 50 per cent of 65 to 75 year olds died within five months of the study beginning.

Only a quarter of elderly patients were able to live beyond one year. For those aged over 75, half died within three months.

Professor Kathy Pritchard-Jones, the study’s lead author, commented on the findings, particularly emphasising the importance of diagnosis in the fight against cancer.

“These shocking figures hammer home what we already know to be true: early diagnosis can make a huge difference in your chances of surviving cancer. Around a quarter of all cancer cases are being diagnosed following presentation in A&E and the vast majority of these are already at a late stage, when treatment options are limited and survival is poorer. And many of the patients diagnosed through A&E have other health conditions that may complicate their treatment.”

This latest research follows efforts carried out by scientists at Oxford University earlier this year.

The study from the infamous UK academic institution found that other countries with a similar health approach to the United Kingdom had GPs which were more likely to refer patients for urgent tests.

This assisted survival rates, and this impression has now been further reinforced by this latest research.

Earlier this year, another study found that Britain has the worst cancer survival rate in Western Europe.


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