Residents of the North East and Yorkshire are being urged to reach out to their GP practices if they experience any unusual sensations or symptoms in their bodies.
This call to action is being championed by Dr. Faisel Baig, the Medical Director for Primary Care in the region. Dr. Baig’s plea aligns with a new nationwide campaign that encourages individuals who suspect they may be exhibiting potential signs of cancer to seek support from the NHS.
Dr Baig, who is also a GP in North Lincolnshire, said; “We know that many people worry about cancer, but sometimes put off getting checked because they hope the symptoms will go away or think they will get bad news. But finding cancer early makes it more treatable and can save lives.
“It’s important that if you are worried about a symptom that could be cancer, to contact your GP practice. To rule out cancer, your GP may refer you for tests. It may not turn out to be anything serious at all, but finding cancer early makes it more treatable and can save lives. Whatever the result, your NHS is here for you.”
Further information regarding the signs and symptoms of cancer is available online at nhs.uk/cancersymptoms.
Under the banner ‘Don’t carry the burden of cancer alone,’ the Help Us Help You campaign will be broadcast on television, radio, and online platforms. It also encourages friends and family members to remind their loved ones to reach out to their GP practices if they harbour concerns about cancer.
According to survey data, more than half (53%) of the general public worry about cancer on a regular basis, with two-thirds (66%) indicating that they would confide in friends and family before seeking advice from any other source if they were anxious about cancer. This survey, comprising 2,000 respondents in England, was conducted in September of the previous year.