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Study: Women, Minorities and Young People More Difficult to Diagnose with Cancer

Study: Women, Minorities and Young People More Difficult to Diagnose with Cancer
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Friday, February 24, 2012 - 4:07pm

A new study suggests that some people are more difficult to diagnose with cancer.

A majority of patients see their doctor once or twice before they're referred to a cancer specialist. However, women, young people and minorities are more likely to visit their general practitioner three or more times before getting a cancer diagnosis. Also, certain types of cancer are harder to identify; like pancreatic, stomach, lung, colon and ovarian cancer.

Researchers in the study said it's imperative to shorten the diagnosis process, because the sooner the patient is diagnosed, the better the chances are of his/her survival.
 

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