GPs refer men with urological cancers more promptly than women

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 24 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f4080
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

GPs in England refer men presenting with symptoms that later lead to a diagnosis of bladder or renal cancer more promptly than they do women with the same symptoms, shows a study that looked at national data.1

Researchers looked at data from the English National Audit of Cancer Diagnosis in Primary Care to find the proportion of men and of women diagnosed with bladder or renal cancer between 2009 and 2010 who had three or more consultations with their GP before being referred to a specialist. Previously the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey had found differences between men and women in promptness of …

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