Don’t let the fear of
cancer put you off screening
in Lambeth are being urged to put aside their fears and ‘get tested’ to help
the fight against cancer.
of World Cancer Day (Monday, 4 February 2019), GPs in the borough are stressing
the importance of early stage detection, screening, and diagnosis. Getting an
early diagnosis can significantly improve cancer patients’ chances of survival.
year, a report found that cancer is the most feared disease in the country.
However, that one in four people admitted they would not seek medical attention
after discovering a potential cancer symptom for fear of what the diagnosis
a cancer is detected at an early stage – and treated – the chance of survival
beyond five years is far higher than when detected at a later stage when the
tumour has spread.
Lambeth, 55 per cent of cancers are diagnosed at stages 1 or 2 meaning patients can have more
effective treatment and increase their chance of survival.
Adrian McLachlan, local GP and Chair of NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
thrives when it is found late. The delay allows it to spread and cause damage
totally unchallenged. That is why, on this World Cancer Day, I urge you all
to find out about the signs and symptoms of cancer and to not be afraid to
seek help immediately.
you are invited to a screening appointment, it’s important you attend, as it is
one of the best ways to detect cancer at an early stage.”
five million patients could
have improved their quality of life and chances of survival if their cancer had
been detected sooner, with men being particularly bad at not taking action
after spotting possible symptoms.
advice on symptoms of cancer can be found atwww.nhs.uk/conditions/cancer/symptoms/