A new poll, carried out by YouGov for Cancer Research UK, has revealed that half of people with a possible cancer symptom don’t contact their GP within six months, despite having spotted changes to their body. The survey, of almost 2,500 people, found that just 48% of those who had experienced a ‘red flag’ cancer symptom (including coughing up blood, unexplained weight loss and a new or unusual lump) contacted their GP within half a year.
Early diagnosis is vital for everyone, because it makes treatment more effective and therefore improves chances of survival. Even if it's difficult to get an appointment, it is important to contact your GP if you notice a change that isn't normal for you or if you have any possible signs and symptoms of cancer. You can read more about talking to your doctor on our website, or watch our video about diagnosing cancer early. [video:https://youtu.be/jeWPYhhi5F0]