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Women wait longer for news of brain tumour

By Becky Barnes

Published 11/01/2016

Women are likely to wait longer than men for a brain tumour diagnosis, a new report has found. Stock image
Women are likely to wait longer than men for a brain tumour diagnosis, a new report has found. Stock image

Women are likely to wait longer than men for a brain tumour diagnosis, a new report has found.

Female patients who seek medical advice for their symptoms are more than twice as likely as men to wait more than a year for a diagnosis, according to the research.

The Brain Tumour Charity has made 10 recommendations to health authorities across the UK, including the Department of Health at Stormont.

Sarah Lindsell, chief executive of The Brain Tumour Charity, which published the report, said: "It appears that women tend to face a more difficult path than men when they seek help for brain tumour symptoms. It is a worrying disparity and one that deserves further investigation."

The report - Finding Myself in Your Hands: The Reality of Brain Tumour Treatment and Care - found nearly one in three brain tumour patients (31.3%) visited a doctor more than five times before the disease was diagnosed and nearly a quarter (24.2%) waited more than a year for diagnosis.

Patients who waited longer were mostly women, with almost one in three (30.2%) undiagnosed for more than a year compared to 15.2% of men. More than one in three women (36.5%) saw a doctor over five times before diagnosis compared to 23.4% of men.

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