Skipping urgent referral linked to mortality risk
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Skipping urgent referral linked to mortality risk

Dion Smyth Lecturer-practitioner in cancer and palliative care, Birmingham City University
Kat Keogh

Patients with cancer who fail to keep an urgent referral appointment for their symptoms are 12% more likely to die within a year of diagnosis, a study has found. Male patients and those aged under 30 or over 85 are more likely to skip their appointment, the study found.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 18, 6, 12-12. doi: 10.7748/cnp.18.6.12.s9

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