Letters Cancer referrals

Cancer cases diagnosed as emergencies may be fewer than reported

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4773 (Published 30 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4773
  1. Laurence Leaver, general practitioner1,
  2. Barnabas J Gilbert, medical student2,
  3. Jenny Jones, former project manager3,
  4. Martin Allaby, consultant in public health4
  1. 1Jericho Health Centre, Oxford OX2 6NW, UK
  2. 2Green Templeton College, Oxford OX2 6HG, UK
  3. 3Thames Valley Cancer Network, Oxford OX3 7HE, UK
  4. 4Solutions for Public Health, Oxford Business Park South, Oxford OX4 2GX, UK
  1. laurenceleaver{at}nhs.net

The news item highlighting survival after elective surgery for colorectal cancer reiterates dismay at the “stubbornly high proportion of patients who present as an emergency” (21% of cancers diagnosed between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012).1 2 Using data on cancers diagnosed during 2006-08,3 the current “Be Clear on Lung Cancer” campaign emphasises that “39% of lung cancer …

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