The charity recently published its Best chance from the start report which revealed a third of parents and half of young people surveyed felt their cancer diagnosis was delayed. About half of young people (52%) and parents (49%) asked visited their GP at least three times before being diagnosed.
A survey of GPs found almost half (46%) ranked a lack of training as one of their top barriers in identifying cancer in young people.
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The charity wants health professionals to have more support to identify cancer in children and young people earlier. It is also calling for the Government to commit to more research into the impact of routes to diagnosis on the survival rates of children with cancer.
Support for the campaign
Since publishing research into young cancer patients experience of diagnosis, as part of our Better care for young cancer patients campaign, three Parliamentary questions about the issue have been asked in the House of Lords while a number of other MPs have pledged support for the campaign.
A number of cancer strategy decision makers have also responded to our campaign, including Sean Duffy, National Clinical Director at NHS England, who said: “Early diagnosis must be of the highest priority for cancer patients of all ages. The report highlights the challenges of identifying cancer in children and shows the vital need for everyone to be more aware of the early signs.”
The charity is hoping more MPs and peers will back the campaign to ensure children and young people with cancer have their voices heard by the Government and policy makers.
CLIC Sargent is also seeking more young people and parents of children with cancer to take part in ongoing research to change what it means to be diagnosed with cancer when you’re young.
Director of Communications and Campaigning Liz North said: “We believe that more needs to be done to ensure children and young people are diagnosed as quickly as possible after they visit their GP. We also want to see more research into the impact on survival rates and health outcomes following a child’s delayed diagnosis.
Help us raise awareness of the issues raised in our Better care for young cancer patients campaign.
“That’s why we’re asking people to help us raise awareness of the issues raised in our Better care for young cancer patients campaign.
“You can help us raise awareness of our campaign by contacting your MP and asking them to support CLIC Sargent’s campaign. If you are a young person or parent with experience of childhood cancer you can also help by getting involved in our research.”
To get involved visit the campaign page
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Simon and Donna's daughter Hannah was 11 years-old when she was diagnosed with a stage four malignant tumour - two months after her symptoms started. Hannah sadly died, but her parents are supporting our Best chance campaign to help other young cancer patients in the future.