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One in four people with cancer is diagnosed in A and E accoding to the National Cancer Intellgence Network. The NCIN's figures come from a study of 739,667 people who were diagnosed in England in 2006-2008. The study is reported to be in the British Journal of Cancer but I can't find it. So I've only got the news reports to go on. Apparently it was cancers of the brain and CNS (?) and pancreas and lung that were commonly found. The statistics have been met with horror by McMillan, the cancer charity, whose chief medical office, Prof Jane Maher, was quoted as saying: "It is appalling that so many cancer patients are still diagnosed through emergency admissions, with 65% of them over 70 "
You can guess that some cancers were diagnosed through pathological fractures and that many people may not have noticed any symptoms or else taken some non specific complaints to their GPs so I'm not sure what the study really means. Anyone think it reflects badly on the diagnostic ability of GPs?