Unexplained weight loss ‘should be urgently investigated’ as research finds it is the key symptom of cancer Weight loss in patients over the age of 60 should be urgently investigated, with one in seven cases among men likely to mean cancer, a major study has found.
The research by Oxford University found that losing weight is the key symptom of the disease, linked to at least 10 types of cancer.
Experts called on GPs to refer patients with unexplained weight loss for urgent tests, in a bid to speed up diagnosis.
Britain’s survival rates are lagging behind may comparative countries, with the UK falling in the bottom half of international league tables for seven major forms of the disease.
Unexplained weight loss has long been associated with cancer. The Daily Telegraph