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Diagnosing Cancer in Primary Care

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 05 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:387
  1. John Holden, general practitioner
  1. Haydock, Lancashire

    Nicholas Summerton

    Radcliffe Medical Press, £18.95, pp 184

    ISBN 1 85775 307 0

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    The early diagnosis of cancer is almost always difficult. In primary care there are many patients with symptoms that could be due to cancer but very few actually with cancer. Since most people will know someone for whom the diagnosis was apparently delayed, the government has promised that all patients in whom the diagnosis is suspected will be seen in hospital within two weeks. Widespread publicity about how Britain lags behind other wealthy …

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