If the public have a clear understanding of the early signs and symptoms of the disease, they are less likely to accept a misdiagnosis.
Bolton, UK (PRWEB UK) 17 December 2013
According to the BBC, a campaign urging people with a persistent cough to see their doctor has led to a “Dramatic rise” in Lung Cancer diagnoses (1). With lung cancer accounting for over a fifth of all deaths caused by cancer, it is crucial that such changes continue.
The campaign, which ran over May and June 2012, urged those who suffered with a cough for more than three weeks, to visit their GP. It is believed, that around 700 extra patients were diagnosed with lung cancer, due to a heightened awareness of the symptoms associated with the disease. In total, 8,335 people were diagnosed, a figure 9% higher than the same time period within the previous year.
Dr Harpal Kumar, Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK, described the results-
"It is great news that this campaign has raised awareness of lung cancer symptoms among those most at risk of the disease.
"By acting quickly if you notice a possible symptom, you can give yourself the best chance of survival.In many cases it won't be cancer, but it is better to be sure and, if it is cancer, to detect it earlier rather than later."
As reported by the BBC, it is believed, that the ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ advertisements have helped to improve lung cancer survival rates, with hundreds of patients receiving potentially life-saving surgery, as a consequence of the campaign. Hopes are that the campaign will run again next year, ensuring that the message reaches as many potential sufferers as possible.
Considering the campaign, Asons Executive, Suzanne Yates-
"This campaign has potentially saved lives, and I hope the good work continues. The symptoms of lung cancer can often be misdiagnosed as those of a more common ailment, such as bronchitis, and if the public have a clear understanding of the early signs and symptoms of the disease, they are less likely to be in the position where they visit a medical professional, such as their GP, and accept a misdiagnosis."
“At Asons Solicitors, we often see medical claims being made for cancer misdiagnosis compensation, where patients have only been diagnosed when their cancer has become too progressive to be treated effectively. Cases such as these may become a thing of the past, if campaigns such as ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ continue to raise awareness.”
"Being clear on the symptoms will give patients the confidence to ask for further tests. Without such knowledge, their condition may not be diagnosed, delaying the treatment that could save their lives. While it is unclear whether or not the initial impact of the campaign will make a lasting difference, it is certain that repeating the campaign will help to educate the public further, if only in the short term.”
In the event that someone has been subject to cancer misdiagnosis or GP Negligence, they must seek legal advice as quickly as possible. Taking action can prevent the same situation from reoccurring, helping others to avoid injury in future.
Those who have suffered may be able to make a clinical negligence claim for cancer misdiagnosis compensation, or GP Negligence Claims. Asons Solicitors deal with negligence claims on a regular basis, they can be contacted on: 0844 850 1062 or via their claim form at asons.co.uk.
(1) BBC News, Cough campaign 'boosts lung cancer diagnosis', (9/12/2013) bbc.co.uk/news/health-25257135
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