Making a prompt diagnosis in patients who present with symptoms caused by cancer is a key priority. It is usual for most people with cancer to present to a healthcare professional in general practice, who will have to consider a diagnosis of cancer and make appropriate onward referral.1 It is inevitable that there will be some diagnostic delays where the signs and symptoms are initially attributed to a benign cause.2 Delays in diagnosis after presentation, coupled with any initial delay in seeking healthcare advice, can have a detrimental effect on the patient experience.
Men differ from women in the ways in which they manage their health and access healthcare services. Nurses need to be aware of this and work with men in a more patient-centred manner.
It is easy to assume that comparisons of the numbers of men and women using services are the main issues in men's health. However, when considering access to the most effective treatment, recognising symptoms and obtaining help at the right time are key.3