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Skipping urgent referral linked to mortality risk

People with cancer who skip urgent referral appointments for their symptoms are more likely to die within a year of diagnosis, researchers say
Pictures shows a GP talking to a young man. People with cancer who skip urgent referral appointments for their symptoms are more likely to die within a year of diagnosis, researchers say

People with cancer who skip urgent referral appointments for their symptoms are more likely to die within a year of diagnosis, researchers say

Patients with cancer who fail to keep an urgent referral appointment for their symptoms are 12% more likely to die within a year of diagnosis, a study has found.

Male patients and those aged under 30 or over 85 are more likely to skip their appointment, the study found, as are people living in disadvantaged areas and those referred due to gastrointestinal problems.

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