Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, is supporting a campaign to reduce the number of blood cancer patients who experience potentially life-threatening delays to diagnosis.
He met with representatives from the blood cancer charity Bloodwise who have launched a new report into the issue, which highlights NHS data that shows three in 10 people with blood cancer are only diagnosed when their symptoms need emergency treatment.
“A significant number of people in Ellesmere Port and Neston are affected by blood cancers like leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Delays to diagnosis can have a huge impact on mental health, treatment options and chances of survival, so it’s vital that urgent action is taken to help save lives.
“The report shows people may be dying needlessly because opportunities to pick up blood cancer sooner are being missed. Just 40% of people with blood cancer live for three years or more if they are diagnosed via emergency admission to hospital, compared to 77% of those diagnosed via a GP referral.
“Blood cancer is the third biggest cause of cancer deaths in the UK and I join. Bloodwise in calling for GPs to get greater support to recognise blood cancer symptoms.”
Bloodwise’s report ‘Delays Expected’ and a guide to the symptoms of blood cancer can be found at www.bloodwise.org.uk For confidential support and information about blood cancer call the Bloodwise helpline for free on 0808 2080 888.