Is Child Cancer Being Ignored By GPs?
3,800 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK every year; a recent report has found that some respondents believed their concerns about cancer were being ignored by GPs.
What Did the Survey Find?
The survey, which was carried out by cancer charity CLIC Sargent, approached 333 people of whom 147 were young people aged between 16 and 24 and 186 were parents. They found:
- 34% of parents felt that their child’s diagnosis was delayed which, in turn, impacted on the prognosis.
- 44% of the young people said that their concerns were not taken seriously which resulted in multiple trips to see their GP or to the hospital before they were eventually diagnosed with cancer.
- 53% of the young people surveyed felt that there had been a delayed diagnosis causing emotional stress that also impacted on their recovery period.
CLIC Sargent's survey raises concerns about the opinions of children being heard when it comes to cancer, and the charity is pushing forward with its goal of getting the Government to ensure better training of guardians and professionals who care for children before diagnosis.
Daxa Patel comments:“Clearly, this should not be happening. Concerns should be taken seriously by health professionals and children should not be made to feel that they have to make their voice heard.
Failure to diagnose and failure to treat can have serious consequences and it is not acceptable to disregard concerns."
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