During the COVID-19 pandemic, fewer people are coming forward to talk about symptoms of cancer. Nationally there has been a 70 per cent reduction in referrals of suspected cancer, a number of people are cancelling their appointments when they have been fast tracked for appointments to rule out cancer. The NHS is still open for cancer.
- If you have a symptom, such as blood, a lump, a new, unusual pain, or a prolonged unexplained symptom, that you are worried about, you must contact your GP practice.
- Your clinician will discuss with you the benefits of starting or continuing your cancer treatment against the increased risks of contracting coronavirus.
- If you have been fast tracked by your GP or other health care professional, it is extremely important you take every measure to attend this appointment.
- Please be assured it is safe to attend the hospital and strict infection prevention and control measures are in place.
- Early diagnosis saves lives.
Click on the videos below from GPs encouraging people to see their GP if they have any symptoms they are worried about, or attend a fast track appointment if they have been given one.
Dr Adam Janjua, Fleetwood GP and cancer lead for the Fylde Coast:
Dr Neil Smith, GP, Cancer Research UK, regional Cumbria Cancer Alliance: