Women ‘waiting longer than men for brain tumour diagnosis’, Report

Women 'waiting longer than men for brain tumour diagnosis', Report

Women are twice as likely as men to wait more than a year to be diagnosed with a brain tumour, according to a report.

The study, by the Brain Tumour Charity, found that 30 per cent of women had not been diagnosed 12 months after they first went to see a doctor with symptoms, compared with 15 per cent of men.

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.”

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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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Christopher B. Taub

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