A HEARTBROKEN mum whose daughter was sent away by doctors more than ten times before her cancer was diagnosed has launched a petition calling for patients to be referred at the earliest opportunity.

Dhneep Bains, known as Neepy, died aged 26 in July after she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Ewing sarcoma of the pelvis and a secondary growth on the lung.

Ewing sarcoma is a rare type of cancer which affects bones or the tissue around bones.

It mainly affects children and young people but is also seen in adults.

Neepy, of Colchester, wrote her experiences in a journal and she asked her family to share her story before her death.

Her mum, Ram Waltho-Brar, is now campaigning for doctors to make referrals at the earliest opportunity even when they have low levels of suspicion.

This includes looking at referring patients for X-rays or scans after three visits to their GP.

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So far it has been signed more than 4,000 times.

The family are also supporting the Teenage Cancer Trust’s #BestToCheck campaign.

Ms Waltho-Brar said: “An early diagnosis can dramatically increase chances of surviving cancer,

“The Teenage Cancer Trust has been a tremendous help and support throughout Neepy’s treatment and after and is still here supporting us.

“All the young adults they have been supporting for so long need this petition to be recognised to give them even more hope in saving lives.”

Ms Waltho-Brar said she hoped the petition could lead to a change in the law.

She has also launched a JustGiving page to help fund X-rays and MRI scans privately for young people.

She said: “Our aim is to raise funds for other young people in this situation to make it possible to obtain a private MRI to hopefully achieve an early diagnosis and hopefully save more young lives.

“Dhneep was a beautiful, kind young lady both inside and out and wanted us to continue her fight against cancer for her and hopefully save lives.”

To sign the petition visit chng.it/8cSgysjN and to donate visit bit.ly/3fdYNmQ.