Urgent cancer warning as HALF ignore ‘red flag’ symptoms for months

MORE than half of people with cancer symptoms wait longer than six months to contact their GP, a survey shows.

The delay reduces the chances of survival because the disease is easier to treat when caught early.

More than half of people with cancer symptoms wait more than six months to contact their GP — these reg-flag symptoms include a cough or lump


More than half of people with cancer symptoms wait more than six months to contact their GP — these reg-flag symptoms include a cough or lumpPhoto credit: Getty – Contributor

Yet 48 per cent ignore “red flag” symptoms such as coughing up blood, unexplained weight loss or a new lump for at least six months, Cancer Research UK’s survey shows.

Poorer people are the least likely to seek help quickly.

The charity’s chief executive, Michelle Mitchell, said: “Detecting cancer early is vital and the first step is to get help if you have a possible cancer symptom.

“It is really worrying to see such a large gap in access to services between the most and least disadvantaged groups in the UK.”

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The charity says ministers must use the forthcoming healthcare reform proposals and ten-year plan to take the initiative to improve cancer survival rates.

Ministers have said they want three out of four cases to be caught early by 2028.

Currently, the rate is just one in two, while 10,000 people wait more than three months to see a hospital doctor for cancer.

There are over a hundred different types of cancer

While some symptoms are specific, there are a handful that are more general or most common in cancer patients.

Having any of these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean you have the disease.

But it’s always worth checking with your GP as soon as possible.

Unexplained weight loss is one of the most important signs, and losing more than 10 pounds without trying could be one of the first signs of cancer of the pancreas, stomach, esophagus or lungs.

Persistent lumps or swelling in any part of your body should also be taken seriously.

This includes any lumps in the neck, armpit, stomach, groin, chest, chest, or testicles.

Women should be particularly vigilant and pay attention to changes in their breasts, while men should check their testicles regularly – this should not stop during the corona pandemic.

A cough can be an easy sign to ignore – especially because it’s an important sign of a Covid-19 infection or a cold.

If you have one for more than three weeks, you should seek help.

You should also see your GP if you have a mole that has changed shape or size, as this can be a sign of skin cancer.

Another common cancer symptom that can be missed is a change in bowel or urinary habits.

If you walk more than normal, suffer from more constipation, and anything else that’s unusual for you – should get you going to get checked out.

Dripping, leaking, a desperate urge or waking up at night, painful peeing, and trouble peeing—all of these should set alarm bells ringing.

In men, it can be prostate cancer, which rarely has symptoms but can cause back pain, pain in the rectum, hips, or pelvis, and problems with an erection.

Women should also be aware of unexplained vaginal bleeding or spotting between periods, after sex, or after menopause.

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Unexplained pain, heavy night sweats and difficulty swallowing are also signs.

If in doubt, have it checked out.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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