I am supporting a campaign to reduce the number of blood cancer patients who experience potentially life-threatening delays to diagnosis.
I met with representatives from the blood cancer charity Bloodwise in Parliament on Wednesday 16 October who have launched a new report into the issue.
The charity’s report highlights NHS data that shows three in 10 people with blood cancer are only diagnosed when their symptoms need emergency treatment.
The charity fears this shows that people are dying needlessly because opportunities to pick up blood cancer sooner are being missed. Just 40% of people with blood cancer live for three years or more if they are diagnosed via emergency admission to hospital, compared to 77% of those diagnosed via a GP referral. Read more “Supporting Bloodwise charity”