Quicker cancer diagnosis via blood tests
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When someone has a blood test, no matter what the blood test is regarding, medics must always check for signs of cancer, as 1 in 2 people in the U.K. are diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetime.
Bare in mind that figure suggests only 1 in 2 people that get DIAGNOSED, rather than 1 in 2 that have it but have not been diagnosed!
So it should be a priority that when a blood test is administered and the results have come back from the lab to automatically check for signs of cancer - calcium levels, complete blood count, etc.
And if there are any concerning factors, these should be followed up with an immediate scan to detect any possible cancer.
If a person has blood tests often, it should be mandatory to check for cancer once every 2 month period, rather than with every single blood test - for relieving pressure off the medical profession.
Doing this so:
- Higher chance of surviving cancer by earlier diagnosis/prolonged life.
- Reduce family grievance where their close one with cancer cannot be cured.
- Families like mine do not have to go through it, as my grandmother had blood test results come back 'fine' and a month later, due to a fall, got diagnosed with cancer with no possibility of curing it.
- The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/blood-tests Accessed December 2016 and August 2018.
- Cancer Research UK, https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/risk Accessed December 2016 and August 2018.
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