Cancer is one of the most common illnesses in the UK and causes thousands of deaths every year. It is caused by a change in the body’s cells.
There are more than 200 different types of cancer including:-
- Brain tumours
- Bowel / Colorectal cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Liver cancer
- Bone cancer
- Lung cancer
- Oral / mouth cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Spinal tumours
Oncology is the branch of medicine concerned with the study, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer.
A medical practitioner should reasonably suspect and refer a patient for investigation that should lead to diagnosis and treatment.
However, if there is a failure or delay in diagnosis this may impact upon life expectancy, the treatment options and how long treatment will last. This can have devastating effects for the patient and their family.
See the recent case reported of a delay in diagnosis: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5754873/Grandmother-73-died-NHS-doctors-failed-FIVE-TIMES-detect-bladder-cancer.html