KILLER cancer symptoms are being mistaken for coronavirus, with experts worried that sick patients are not getting the treatment they need.
The NHS says that the main symptoms of Covid-19 are a new persistent cough, loss of taste and smell and a high temperature.
But many studies have shown that in addition to these symptoms, many people also experience fatigue and shortness of breath, which can coincide with lung cancer.
There are around 48,500 new cases of lung cancer in the UK each year, equivalent to 130 cases a day.
It is the third most common cancer in the UK and the second most common in women.
Early diagnosis is key for any cancer, and the earlier it is caught, the quicker specialists can treat patients.
Experts at Cancer Research UK have now said urgent action is needed and people with symptoms of lung cancer should proceed.
The charity said that since the pandemic, the number of people going to see an oncologist is 10% lower than expected.
Data from NHS England shows fewer than 560 people were seen by a specialist after being referred to an urgent care facility for lung cancer in November 2021.
In its own poll, Cancer Research UK found that many GPs were concerned about the number of people suspected of having lung cancer.
The results of the poll showed that 74% of GPs believe this is because patients do not visit a primary care facility.
Other GPs said patients were afraid to go to the hospital due to concerns about the coronavirus.
Cancer Research UK’s head of early diagnosis Dr Jodie Moffat said the pandemic had made it difficult to catch lung cancer cases.
“For lung cancer in particular, it seems to be one of those cancers where, for some people, a day and week delay can really make a difference,” she says. Time.
She added that before the pandemic, the diagnosis was very quick.
The charity states that 85% of people should start treatment within 72 days of an urgent GP referral.
In November, the figure was just 59%, one of the worst rates on record.
Cancer Research UK says this means around 13,700 patients have been delayed in getting treatment.
Symptoms of lung cancer you need to know
A persistent cough, fatigue and loss of appetite can be mistaken for a virus or a common cold, but it could be a sign of something more serious and deserves to be checked.
Other symptoms of lung cancer may include:
- Cough most of the time
- Change a long-term cough that doesn’t go away
- Shortness of breath
- Cough with phlegm accompanied by blood
- Pain or soreness in the chest or shoulder
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
Previous research from Bupa, found that the number of people looking for lung cancer symptoms and screening for lung cancer has increased.
Dr. Tim Woodman, Medical Director at Bupa Insurance UK saying that anyone can get lung cancer, and that only smokers are a myth.
“Smoking is the biggest cause of lung cancer, about nine in 10 cases, although you can still develop it if you don’t smoke,” he said.
“Your lung cancer risk is related to how much you smoke, how long you’ve smoked and when you start smoking. It also depends on the type of tobacco you smoke.
“You have a higher risk of developing lung cancer if you regularly breathe in other people’s smoke (passive smoking), so it’s best to keep your surroundings smoke-free.”
He says that many people with lung cancer have no symptoms at first.
“Initial symptoms can be mild, such as coughing or feeling short of breath. Other signs to look out for include feeling tired, chest pain and loss of appetite.
“If you are coughing up blood, a persistent cough or difficulty breathing, see your GP as soon as possible, especially if you are over 40,” he added.
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