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London Cancer Patients Risk Rapid Death

London, November 18 (RHC)-- New research shows that a quarter of people who are diagnosed with cancer after going to the Accidents and Emergency (A&E) departments in London are dead within two months.

The figures from London Cancer, which brings together services in hospitals in north-east and central London and west Essex, are stark but reflect the reality for patients diagnosed at a late stage of disease, when the cancer has probably spread, the Guardian has reported.

Those who see a GP with their concerns and are diagnosed promptly are far more likely to survive than those who ignore them until they become a medical emergency. The researchers found that across nine acute trusts running A&E departments between January and August 2013, average survival among 963 patients diagnosed with cancer was less than six months and only a 36% were alive beyond a year.

Younger people survived more months than older patients. Half of those under-65 had died by 14 months, whereas among the 65-75 year-olds, half had died within five months and only a quarter made it past a year.

A second study at the conference found that 20% of girls from ethnic minority backgrounds are not getting vaccinated against the human papilloma virus (HPV) which causes cervical cancer. It is offered to schoolgirls aged 12-13. They or their families felt it was not appropriate to have the vaccine because HPV is sexually transmitted and they felt they were not at risk, the Guardian report added.

 

Edited by Ivan Martínez
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