According to Cancer Research UK, around 309,500 people in the UK were diagnosed with cancer in 2008.
This is roughly 850 people every single day. Every day in 2009 more than 425 people died due to cancer. One person every four minutes.
When it comes to cancer, early diagnosis is absolutely essential.
Cancer Research UK also revealed that almost half of people who get cancer are diagnosed late, making their treatment less likely to succeed thereby reducing their chances of survival.
Britain as it happens has one of the worst records in Europe for early cancer detection and thus survival from it. If improvements were made to how soon cancer is detected it could save the NHS tens of millions of pounds a year through the reduced need for chemotherapies, radiotherapies and surgeries, as well as boosting many cancer sufferers chances of beating the disease.
Although doctors will strive to avoid delays in cancer diagnosis and treatment, negligent practices can and still do occur. Such is the alleged case at NHS Dumfries Infirmary in Scotland, were the health board is accused over unnecessarily delaying a mans cancer diagnosis, leading to further complications.
The man, referred to as Mr A in a report by the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman, did not receive cancer treatment fast enough following an initial biopsy, say his mother and partner.
It was found that there was an unreasonable delay in arranging a blood test that can highlight testicular cancer.
The ombudsman stated: “We considered the delay in arranging this test was unreasonable as earlier scans had pointed towards testicular cancer and clinicians should have been aware of the potential for this diagnosis.
The advice we received was also critical that there was not a more proactive approach to Mr A’s care following a urology referral and that his case was not discussed with oncology when it became clear there would be a delay in the biopsy result becoming available.”
Medical staff will always strive to ensure delays in cancer diagnosis don’t happen, but unfortunately, these cases can and still do. If you have experienced an unnecessary delay in your cancer diagnosis leading to further complications, you could be eligible to claim compensation for medical negligence.
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