COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Doctors targeted to raise bone marrow cancer diagnoses

A cancer charity has sent thousands of doctors an information and diagnosis pack to help them identify bone marrow cancer at an earlier stage.

Most bone marrow cancer patients feel their disease was diagnosed up to three months later than it could have been, according to research by the International Myeloma Foundation. More than eight out of 10 patients calling the foundation's helpline said their diagnosis was delayed.

More than 13,000 doctors were sent the pack as part of the fifth annual Myeloma Awareness Week, which finished last weekend. The pack includes a flow chart which could help doctors diagnose the condition faster.

"Myeloma can be difficult to diagnose in primary care and therefore the diagnosis of cancer is often delayed, causing both physical and psychological damage to the patient and their family," said executive director Eric Low. "This awareness week will hopefully lead to a quicker diagnosis."

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