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Earlier diagnosis of female bladder cancer ‘needed to boost survival rates’

11th June 2015

A new report from Public Health England has highlighted the need for earlier diagnosis of bladder cancer to address the problem of poorer survival rates among female patients.

Currently, survival rates for bladder cancer in women are worse than men by around ten percent, with later diagnosis and having rarer forms of the cancer both highlighted as potential contributory factors.

Women also have a 30 percent higher chance of being diagnosed with the most advanced stage of bladder cancer and are more likely to present as an emergency. As such, they are advised to seek help as soon as symptoms appear.

Julia Verne, strategic public health lead of Public Health England's National Cancer Intelligence Network, said: "Visible blood in pee is the leading indicator, and we urge women to be vigilant and inform their GP as early as they can if this occurs."

This week, the UK National Screening Committee has chose to uphold its recommendation against screening adults in the UK for bladder cancer, as it believes the available test is not accurate enough.

According to the committee, this creates the risk of high false positive rates, meaning many people would be told they might have bladder cancer when they do not.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801790833-ADNFCR

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