GPs spot 80% of cancers within two consultations, audit showsBMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f772 (Published 07 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f772
- Susan Mayor
GPs refer more than three quarters of people who go on to receive a diagnosis of cancer after only one or two consultations, shows an audit of cancer diagnosis in England. The audit concludes that the number of consultations is a useful indicator of the time interval between a patient presenting with cancer symptoms and being referred to see a specialist.1
But the results show that GPs have more consultations with patients who have cancers with non-specific symptoms, including multiple myeloma and stomach and lung cancer, typically seeing them at least three times before referring them to a specialist.