Leigh teen's bone cancer was undiagnosed for 18 months
12:20pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in NW
A BONE cancer survivor is trying to help GPs diagnose the rare but aggressive form of the disease.
Callum Flynn, of Carrington Grove, Leigh, was just 14 when he had problems with a ‘locked knee’ and, despite seeking help, his cancer went undiagnosed for 18 months.
Callum, now aged 18, said: “I had been to the walk-in centre repeatedly over the 18 months and they just kept telling me it was a virus and sending me away.
“I then went to see my GP and he sent me straight off for an X-ray.
“It might have been that my treatment would have been simpler if I had been diagnosed earlier but I was lucky because my tumour didn’t get bigger.”
Callum is now helping to raise awareness with the Bone Cancer Research Trust (BCRT) after a report revealed primary bone cancer survival rates have not improved in 25 years.
BCRT has teamed up with the Royal College of GPs to launch a specialist e-learning module to help doctors spot the symptoms and diagnose patients earlier as part of Bone Cancer Awareness Week, which runs until Saturday.
“It was a shock really to find out that survival rates haven’t improved in 25 years,” said Callum.
“I don’t think I was told as much as I might have been if I had been older, so looking back I realise how massive it was to have cancer.”
Symptoms include painful bones or swollen joints which can be misdiagnosed as a sporting injury or growing pains.
It is an uncommon but aggressive form of cancer which can leave survivors with life-changing disabilities.
After having chemotherapy and a full knee replacement, Callum received the all clear four years ago.
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