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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