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#DoItForYourself campaign tackles drop in cancer diagnosis and treatment

Mon 28th June 2021

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The NHS is urging anyone with a cough for three or more weeks to contact their GP practice, as this could be a sign of lung cancer.

This plea comes following a decline in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers across the spectrum, as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK, accounting for 13% of all cancer cases. However diagnosis and referrals have fallen, as many have mistaken potential warning signs with the similar symptoms of COVID-19. The NHS would like to remind everyone that not every cough is a COVID cough, and if your symptoms persist then you should not delay in contacting your GP.

Other symptoms associated with COVID-19, including shortness of breath, can also be a sign of lung cancer and should not be ignored. It is extremely important that you do not delay in seeking advice, as the earlier a diagnosis is made, the more likely it is for treatment to be successful.

If you need to attend your GP practice, they are open and have introduced a range of measures to see patients safely including initial phone consultations and frequent hand sanitising. The bigger risk is letting symptoms you are worried about go unchecked.

Itโ€™s probably nothing serious, but finding cancer early makes it more treatable, so just speak to your GP. Your NHS is here to see you, safely.

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