The National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) recently announced that 24% of people who are diagnosed with cancer in the UK are only diagnosed as a result of a visit to accident and emergency wards. In patients aged 70 or over, 31% of cancer diagnosis happen via emergency admission.
The research, published in the British Journal of Cancer, examined more than 730,000 cancer patients between 2006 and 2008.
This really illustrates the weaknesses we currently have in early detection.
Clearly, prevention is where our efforts can be most effectively focused, as 85% of cancers are preventable, but early diagnosis comes a very close second, when it comes to improving outcomes.
Numerous studies indicate that early detection dramatically improves the success rate of treatment. So whilst the natural inclination is to “bury your head in the sand” and ignore the issue, this is not in your best interests.
Take a look at the early cancer detection articles below to learn more: