Late-presenting cancers - don't blame GPs

Patients presenting to hospital with cancer do not represent a “failure in primary care”, according to a study.

Contrary to the frequent claims that GPs often ‘miss diagnoses’, UK researchers have found that about one-third of emergency patients presenting with cancer have no prior contact with a GP.

They traced the diagnostic route of more than 56,000 cancer patients, including 4600 who presented as