Cancer patients only diagnosed when they end up at A&E


Last week, it was reported that former Emmerdale actress Leah Bracknell was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer after turning up at A&E struggling to breathe.

Leah, a 52-year-old mother of two who played Zoe Tate in the TV soap, needed a litre of fluid drained from her chest — it was then that the inoperable tumour was discovered.

Hers is not an unusual case. One in five of all cancers is diagnosed only once it has caused symptoms that require emergency treatment, such as fluid build-up, bleeding or a bowel obstruction.

Sixty-thousand cancer patients a year are diagnosed in this way and, often, the cancer is by then advanced.

Former Emmerdale actress Leah Bracknell was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer last week after turning up at A&E struggling to breathe

Former Emmerdale actress Leah Bracknell was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer last week after turning up at A&E struggling to breathe

This late diagnosis can dramatically reduce patients’ chances: the one-year survival rate for lung cancer that…



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