Alamy Almost a fifth of women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer after spotting a potential symptom wait more than a month before seeing their GP, jeopardising their chances of effective treatment, a poll has found. Research by YouGov for Breast Cancer Care published on Monday also found that one in 20 women wait more than six months, with potentially fatal consequences. Nearly a third of the women who waited more than a month to visit their GP believed their symptoms were not a serious issue and one in five were too scared to see the doctor because of their fear it might be breast cancer. YouGov surveyed people between 11 and 16 February, of whom were women.
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However, more concerns about the KwaZulu-Natal oncology crisis have been raised by advocacy groups after revelations that the waiting period for a mammogram screening is currently more than six months. At least four women have told the Daily News that they will undergo screening between May 9 and 16 next year. The fourth woman had since been told at Port Shepstone Regional Hospital that she had cancer. Mammograms are a key element in the early diagnosis of breast cancer.
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How soon do you need treatment? Timely surgery for breast cancer is obviously better than delaying surgery, but how long can a patient safely wait for surgery once diagnosed. Because a randomized controlled clinical trial to answer this question would be unethical, this has been a difficult question to answer.
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