A survey undertaken by the Bone Cancer Research Trust (BCRT) has revealed a diagnosis of breast cancer patients. The survey of 394 primary bone cancer patients, survivors, and bereaved families showed that one in four patients (26%) had waited over seven months before receiving a diagnosis with 13% waiting over a year
The data also revealed that a quarter of all patients (26%) made seven or more visits to their GP or other healthcare professional before receiving a diagnosis. Bone Cancer Research Trust is calling on GPs to take action and complete its free GP E-learning module , developed in partnership with the Royal College of General Practitioners. The module highlights 'red flag' symptoms they should be aware of and can be accessed anytime at www.bcrt.org.uk/gp
Zoe Davison, head of research and information at Bone Cancer Research Trust said:. "We found the results of esta study and we are looking to Ensure That the disease is diagnosed at the earliest opportunity Their medical education so there can be a lack of awareness of the symptoms among GPs and other healthcare professionals. "
"Our E-learning resource is a great way to address this and those who have completed the module see a 70% increase in their understanding of the symptoms that can present with this brutal form of cancer ."
Primary bone cancer
Dr. Philip Green, a GP and bone cancer survivor who had his leg amputated aged 17, said: " Primary bone cancer is often misdiagnosed, as symptoms can be easily mistaken for growing pains or other common medical conditions, such tendonitis, arthritis or even sports injuries. "
"It's rare cancer and a GP may never see a case in their entire career, but it's crucial to spot it as quickly as possible because there are not many treatments available, and a delayed diagnosis makes it more likely they require an amputation to stand a chance of survival. "
"The E-learning module is great because it's interactive, case-based and covers the presentations of bone cancer in primary care. GPs undertaking this module will be more likely to consider primary bone cancer as a potential diagnosis and to distinguish it from other musculoskeletal disorders . "
Primary bone cancer is rare, with 600 people diagnosed each year in the UK. Tumors can form in any bone in the body, although a third of cases are found in the long bones of the lower body, such as the thigh or shin bone. Patients are faced with a 5-year survival rate of just over 50% and this has barely improved in over 30 years.