One in five cancer patients postpone doctor visit

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Researchers at King's College, London, examined visits by patients diagnosed with cancer to their doctors. The study looked at survey data from 2,371 cancer patients with fifteen different types of cancer and details of their doctor visits.

The study data revealed that approximately twenty percent of patients waited three months or more before visiting their doctor to discuss symptoms that could have serious implications. The primary reason for procrastination was a failure to recognize the severity of the symptoms. When examining the cancer type data, patients with prostate cancer and rectal cancer were most likely to postpone, whereas patients with breast cancer were the least likely to postpone their visits. 

One in five cancer patients postpone doctor visit
One in five cancer patients postpone doctor visit
One in five cancer patients typically wait more than three months to check in with a doctor about potentially serious symptoms, according to a new study by King's College London. 

The most common reason (28 percent of patients) was failure to recognize the symptoms as serious. Other factors, found in fewer than six percent of patients, included embarrassment or worrying about wasting the doctor's time.

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