Letters: GPs still want to hear from anyone with cancer symptoms

GP doctor

Dear editor,

I am writing to you to remind your readers how important it is to contact their GP if they have concerning symptoms that could be cancer during the coronavirus pandemic.

The pandemic has meant far fewer people in England have come forward with symptoms that could be cancer, such as an ongoing cough, a new lump or unexplained bleeding.

Cancer is easier to treat the earlier it is diagnosed so GPs still want to hear from anyone with worrying symptoms. Please contact your surgery if you have concerns.

I also want to ask people who have cancer appointments, including tests and check-ups, to still attend them as we are seeing fewer people attending them.

NHS staff have worked hard to make sure cancer treatment can still be given as safely as possible so we are encouraging people to attend their appointments.

For information, support or just a chat, call Macmillan free on 0808 808 0000 or visit macmillan.org.uk.

Yours faithfully,
Dr Mary Craig
Deputy Programme Lead for Macmillan Primary Care Cancer Framework

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