New research released today from Cancer Research UK has found that children with Wilms' tumours in the UK are being diagnosed at a later stage than those in Germany.
CLIC Sargent Chief Executive Kate Lee said: “It’s deeply concerning there seems to be such a discrepancy between the time it takes to diagnose Wilms' Tumour in Germany and the UK.
"It is imperative for a child to receive a cancer diagnosis as early as possible, which is why CLIC Sargent is currently campaigning for changes in the health system to deliver better care for young cancer patients.
“These findings reflect our own research about delays in diagnosis of cancer in children and young people in the UK. We know from speaking to the families we support that a delay in diagnosis can cause added emotional stress at an already difficult time and many have told us they felt a delay in diagnosis also had a negative impact on their child’s outcomes.
“CLIC Sargent also recently surveyed GPs across the UK and found 46% ranked a lack of available training as the top barrier to identifying childhood cancer. That is why we are calling for improved training and access to specialist support for GPs to ensure childhood cancer is identified at the earliest opportunity so children with cancer are given the best chance.”
To find out more about CLIC Sargent’s campaign The best chance from the start click here.
To read the research from Cancer Research UK click here.
Notes to editors
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About childhood cancer
Every day, 10 children and young people in the UK hear the shocking news they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Although survival rates are over 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK.
About CLIC Sargent
CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide clinical, practical and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. For more information visit www.clicsargent.org.uk