Ignore the symptoms of cancer ; Abdominal pain or chronic cough can be cancer and these symptoms should be checked, a new NHS head in England urges.
- Thousands of people could risk their lives by delaying seeking medical help, said Amanda Pritchard.
- Early detection of cancer is usually treated quickly and easily.
But research suggests that 3 out of 5 people do not want to suffer from the NHS, while others do not know the common symptoms of cancer.
symptoms of cancer
NHS England chief executive officer Pritchard said cancer services were now “operating at full speed with new, innovative ways of working in the area”.
- However, last year less than 10% of people started treatment for cancer in England and people are encouraged to come forward.
Signs and symbols
Experts believe that cancers of the stomach – throat, stomach, stomach, pancreatic, ovarian – and urological cancers – prostate, kidney and other cancers – may be undiagnosed.
They account for 44% of all cancer diagnoses and two-fifths cancer deaths in England, NHS figures show.
Potential symptoms of this cancer include:
- discomfort in the abdomen for three weeks or more
- persistent diarrhea
- i always feel sick
- blood in your urine
If you have any of these symptoms for three weeks or more, you are advised to tell your GP.
Any other abnormal changes, such as a lump in the abdomen, menstrual bleeding, or unexplained weight loss, can also be symptoms of cancer and mean that you should talk to your doctor.
Symptoms of lung cancer, which are often missed, include:
- cough for three weeks or more non-Covid
- recurrent chest infections
- coughing up blood
- chronic fatigue or weakness
- ‘I was in a very bad mood’
Declan Goddard, a police officer and a kidney cancer patient, said he was living a healthy life when he was diagnosed with 43 years.
- “If you have a little something bothering you, you should check it out.
- “If I hadn’t, I would be in a very bad situation now,” he said.
Declan had no symptoms but went to his GP with a small bladder problem and that is when his cancer was recorded.
- He said his treatment was not disrupted by the epidemic and staff were happy.
“You get a professional contact nurse. You can always get a message from the coordinator you have been given – and be straightforward. It’s very fast.”
Prof Peter Johnson, national clinical director of NHS England and NHS Improvement, said that although doctors were “extremely busy” at the moment, and more consultations were taking place over the phone, there was room to see patients in person.
- If you have these symptoms, you probably need to see someone face to face and all our GPs can see people face to face, “he said.
- GP leaders say about 56% of employees are recruited in person and if necessary a physical examination will be performed “.
- They warn that some cancers may be difficult to diagnose and that they may be contagious.
“What we need is for GPs to have better access to public diagnostic testing and training so that they can use it effectively so that our transfer decision can be made as informative as possible,” said Dr. Gary Howsam, vice chairman of the Royal College of GPs.
‘Open and ready’
NHS England chief executive Amanda Pritchard said: “People should not feel like they can’t bother the NHS, which is open and ready to treat people.”
He said the new procedures include “small cameras that patients can swallow to detect intestinal cancer and Covid-based cancer drugs that can be taken by patients at home”.
- He said it was important for people to see the common symptoms of cancer and to see their doctor for a “life-saving” test.
As of March, the number of people referred to cancer specialists in England has returned to pre-epidemic levels but recent NHS figures show that there are delays for others.
- In June, more than 5,200 patients, for example, waited for more than 28 days to see a specialist.
And in the same month, the percentage of emergency cancers – made within two weeks – dropped slightly in May to 85% (195,372 patients). Target is 93%.
A spokesman for the Scottish Government said it was important for people to raise any concerns about their health with their doctor and to continue with regular check-ups and appointments.