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Survey shows Brits avoid GP visits

19th September 2012

Nearly a quarter of people in Britain would delay a visit to their GP, even if they experience unusual symptoms, because of the inconvenience of getting an appointment.

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The online research involved over 2,000 people and was carried out by YouGov on behalf of Cancer Research UK.

The research for the charity's 'Spot Cancer Early' campaign also discovered that nearly a third of respondents would put off visiting the GP because they thought symptoms would disappear if given some time.

Dr Claire Knight, health information manager at Cancer Research UK, said: "We want people to know that you are more likely to survive cancer if it’s found at an early stage. It’s important to get to know your body so you’re familiar with what’s normal for you."

"If you notice any unusual or persistent changes, it’s really important to take the time to visit your doctor to talk about it. Cancer is most common in the over 50s, but people of all ages who notice a change that’s hung around for a few weeks should get it checked out by a doctor," she added.

The survey found that only a tenth of people in Britain would act very quickly if they noticed an unusual symptom or change in their bodies.

A fifth said they would not go to their doctor because they were worried about what they would find and 19% said they were concerned about wasting their GP's time.

The research also found 14% would be too embarrassed about changes to visit their doctor.

The survey found 61% of people would act most quickly in order to cancel a lost or stolen bank card. 

 

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Just Me

Thursday 20th September 2012 @ 0:44

I seem to remember reading a long time back that when doctors went on stike, more people lived!


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