Letters Confusing cancer terminology

GPs spot two thirds of cancers at first presentation

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3537 (Published 22 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3537
  1. Trefor J Roscoe, general practitioner1
  1. 1Sothall Medical Centre, Sheffield S20 1HQ, UK
  1. trefor{at}nhs.net

Day repeats the idea that the number of visits to a GP is related to diagnostic delay.1 He says, “The figures also tell us that one in three patients was not initially referred for a hospital appointment, with one in five seeing their general practitioner three or more times before a referral was …

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