Mr. Hunt has recently said that Britain should be “ashamed” that so many have been denied treatment that could have staved off the condition for years. His comments came after a statement from the Alzheimer’s Society said dementia sufferers were facing a postcode lottery of diagnosis rates.
The statement was backed up by data suggesting that in some areas of the UK, just one in three people suffering from dementia will receive a formal diagnosis – while in other areas as many as three quarters will be diagnosed.
It’s been said that in 2012 just 46% of sufferers were diagnosed across the UK. Mr. Hunt says attitudes in the NHS and in society have to change.
“As with cancer in the past, too many health and care professionals are not aware of the symptoms,” he wrote in an article for telegraph.co.uk.
There are thought to be 428,500 people in the UK currently suffering from the condition without being diagnosed. This means they are not getting the support, benefits or medical treatments they need.
Early warning signs of dementia include unexplained anger or anxiety, problems with reasoning or thinking clearly and short-term memory loss. If you suspect yourself, or someone you know, has dementia – be sure to contact your local health practitioner.
If you are struggling to deal with dementia, speaking to a counsellor may help. To find out more, please see our Dementia page.
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