Late Diagnosis of Kidney & Bladder Cancer for Women!

Late Diagnosis of Kidney & Bladder Cancer for Women!

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Women suffer late diagnoses of kidney and bladder cancer

Women with kidney or bladder cancer are twice as likely as men to need multiple visits to their doctor before being diagnosed, according to a new study.

Family doctors often mistake the first symptoms of kidney or bladder cancer in women, a study has shown.

Family doctors often mistake the first symptoms of kidney or bladder cancer in women, a study has shown. Photo: ALAMY

Family doctors often mistake he first symptoms of the disease for harmless conditions such as bacterial infections when dealing with female patients.

Some women have to see their GP several times with symptoms such as blood in their urine before being referred to a specialist, experts said.

Later diagnosis and treatment could help explain why fewer women than men live for more than five years after being diagnosed with either condition.

Researchers from Cambridge University studied data on patients diagnosed with kidney or bladder cancer in England between 2009 and 2010 from 1170 GPs’ surgeries – about 14 per cent of all those in the country.

The records covered 920 bladder cancer cases, 27 per cent of which were in women, and 398 instances of kidney cancer, of which 42 per cent were in women.

Women were about twice as likely as men to have visited their doctor three or more times before being referred to a specialist, the results showed.

More than a quarter of women with bladder cancer made more than three GP visits before referral compared with one in 10 men. For kidney cancer, the equivalent figures were 30 per cent for women and 18 per cent for men.

Among the 25 per cent or men and women waiting the longest for a referral, female patients waited an average of two weeks longer for a referral than male patients.

Some 3,000 women are diagnosed with each cancer every year in England, suggesting that about 700 women per year are having their diagnosis delayed, researchers estimated.

Writing in the BMJ Open journal, they said: “The findings signal a large potential for improving the timeliness of diagnosis of urinary tract cancer in women.”

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