28% of all newly diagnosed patients are children and teenagers. The most common forms affecting these age groups are osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma. Currently, medical professionals, including General Practitioners, receive no dedicated training on the signs and symptoms of the disease, despite 10-year survival rates being little over 50%.
We are delighted to be working with Children with Cancer UK on this project, and through this collaboration, we are committed to equipping GPs and other key healthcare professionals with the knowledge they need to make accurate and timely referrals so that patients are given the best chance of survival and improved outcome.Dr Jasmine Parkinson, Research Grants Manager, Children with Cancer UK said:
We are committed to saving as many children’s lives as possible from this devastating form of cancer. Currently 27% of 0-14 year olds receive their diagnosis after attending A&E- a statistic that we simply cannot accept and are determined to change with our partners at the Bone Cancer Research Trust. Early diagnosis really can be the difference between life or death and this initiative will lead to more lives being saved.