Leeds residents urged not to leave signs and symptoms of cancer to chance

The local NHS is reminding Leeds residents that their NHS is still here for them when they need it, and not to leave their signs and symptoms of cancer to chance.

Dr Sarah Forbes, GP in Leeds and Clinical Lead for Cancer at NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “We urge people to contact their GP as soon as possible if they think they have cancer symptoms.

“We understand that some may be putting off seeking medical advice because of the coronavirus pandemic; however, early diagnosis and treatment of cancer is extremely important. Please be assured that you’ll be in a safe and low risk environment, whether you’re asked to come into your GP practice or go to the hospital.”

The main symptoms to look out and act upon for are:

  1. Lump in breast
  2. Changes in bowel habits
  3. Blood in your pee or poo
  4. Unexplained weight loss
  5. Moles that appear to change
  6. Cough that you’ve had for three weeks or more.

Sarah went on to say: “If you notice any changes to your body’s normal processes or unusual, unexplained symptoms, these can sometimes be an early sign of cancer. I would strongly urge you to contact your GP practice as soon as possible. Your initial consultation will be by phone but your doctor will support you and arrange further tests if they have concerns, so please don’t delay getting the help you need.”

Cancer specialists are running a Facebook Live session on Wednesday 4 November, from 6 to 7.30pm at www.facebook.com/nhsleeds. The session will give clear and reliable guidance on cancer prevention and worrying symptoms. All are welcome to take part.

Help the local NHS by backing ‘Your NHS is still here for you’ campaign (www.leedsccg.nhs.uk/HereForYou), this reminds local people to seek medical care when they need it, particularly for life-changing and life-threatening illnesses. Support the campaign on social media by following @NHSLeeds on Twitter, Facebook, or on Instagram to share the #NHSHereForYou messages.

Notes to editors

Signs and symptoms of cancer

For further information on the signs and symptoms of cancer, please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/cancer/symptoms

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