GPs offered e-learning on bone cancer

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A charity is calling on GPs to ensure they do not miss cases of bone cancer after a report showed survival rates have not improved in 25 years.

The Bone Cancer Research Trust (BCRT) said symptoms include painful bones or swollen joints which GPs can easily misdiagnose as a sporting injury or “growing pains”.

Bone cancer is very rare, with just 531 new cases in the UK in 2010. However, the aggressive form of cancer often leaves survivors with life-changing disabilities.

Patients have about a 54 per cent chance of surviving five years after diagnosis – a rate that has barely changed in 25 years, according to a National Cancer Intelligence Network report released in July.

The BCRT has teamed up with the Royal College of GPs to promote e-learning to help doctors.