Thursday 5th December 2019

One in four cancer patients experienced a delay to their diagnosis that could have been avoided, according to a new study by Cancer Research UK.

Read our Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Ben Sundell's response:

"Cancer is the leading cause of death from disease in teenagers and young adults but we know early diagnosis can save lives. 

"Young people often experience delays to diagnosis - compared to all older adults, 16-24 year olds are most likely to see their GP 3 or 4 times or 5 or more times before getting diagnosed.

"The NHS Long Term plan commits to increasing early diagnosis from about half to three quarters by 2028 but many rare cancers are hard to detect in this way. NHS England must demonstrate and deliver progress in early diagnosis for these less common cancers and ensure young people’s outcomes are brought up in line with the more common cancers."