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The role of GPs in diagnosing blood cancer early is crucial. Read more about how we're working with The Royal College of General Practitioners and GPs to aid early detection.

GPs play a crucial role in diagnosing blood cancer early. But the fact that they may only see one case of blood cancer every two years, combined with the notoriously vague and non-specific symptoms, means that diagnosis can be a challenge.

As a result, blood cancers have a higher rate of emergency diagnosis than other cancer types. Emergency presentation rates account for 30% of blood cancers diagnosed, compared to 22% across all cancers. The highest emergency presentation rates for any cancer type occur in acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), at 64% of patients. Early diagnosis has a significant impact on both survival rates and patient experience.

RCGP training course

Leukaemia CARE have developed online training modules in partnership with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) eLearning team. They take a closer look at the symptoms of blood cancers and feature case study scenarios, interactive content and tools to put learning into practice.

The resource is designed to support GPs and equip them with the knowledge to spot the signs and symptoms of blood cancer earlier and refer patients for appropriate specialist tests and treatment if a blood cancer is suspected.

Our two 30-minute modules are completely free. Together, the two modules offer one hour of continuous professional development (CPD) points. They are a great starting point for GPs who want to update their knowledge of haematological cancers.

Spot Leukaemia Campaign

For Blood Cancer Awareness Month this September, Leukaemia CARE are working to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of leukaemia through our ‘Spot Leukaemia’ campaign.

The campaign seeks to raise awareness of the different types of leukaemia, symptoms and the populations they may affect. We are working to improve public knowledge and encourage those with concerns to visit their GP. As part of this we will be distributing symptoms cards to the public, holding awareness events, accompanied by a national media drive.

Find out more about our campaign here.

In the run up to September, we are reaching out to GPs to prepare and join us in raising awareness. As part of our campaign, we’re sending out 10,000 packs to GP surgeries. 

If you would like to receive one of our GP information packs, please email advocacy@leukaemiacare.org.uk.