Dr Tom Hodges-Hoyland, Vision Medical Advisor, notes why the latest additions of Vision’s suite of cancer tools are important for primary care practices to understand and know about.
We need all the help we can to get to identify cancer early. Cancer Research UK estimates 52,000 patients a year have their odds of survival cut because the disease is not caught quickly enough. More recently, Public Health England looked at the records of 4,637 patients diagnosed with cancer in A&E and found that 71% had seen their GP a least once with symptoms that turned out to be cancer. And 41% of that 71% had seen a doctor three times with symptoms. All the evidence is we have to do better for our patients.