Help Us, Help you – Early Cancer Diagnosis

When cancer is diagnosed early, treatment is more likely to be successful. However, early in the pandemic, the number of people coming forward to their GP with potential cancer symptoms dropped. Referrals for suspected cancer have been running at record-high levels since March 2021, and we need to continue that trend to diagnose more cancers early.

Our key messages to you:

• Don’t carry the worry of cancer with you, if something in your body doesn’t feel right contact your GP practice.
• To rule out cancer, your GP may refer you for tests. Whatever the result, your NHS is here for you.
• Tests could put your mind at rest. Until you find out, you can’t rule it out.

Our advice:

If something in your body doesn’t feel right or you are experiencing symptoms that last three weeks or more, don’t delay – contact your GP practice. Although it’s probably nothing serious, finding cancer early makes it more treatable.
You should contact your GP practice if you experience any of the below symptoms:

  • Tummy trouble, such as discomfort or diarrhoea for three weeks or more;
  • Blood in your pee – even just once;
  • Unexpected or unexplained bleeding;
  • Unexplained pain that lasts three weeks or more;
  • An unexplained lump; or
  • A cough for three weeks or more (that isn’t COVID-19).
  • Not all the symptoms of cancer are easy to spot. Contact your GP practice if you
    experience one or more of these symptoms, for three weeks or more:
  • Unexplained weight loss;
  • Feeling tired and unwell and not sure why;
  • Heartburn or indigestion; or
  • Unusual, pale or greasy poo.