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Leeds GPs warn against delaying contact over cancer concerns

GPs across Leeds are calling for anyone with concerning cancer symptoms not to delay consulting their doctor due to the much publicised pressure on the NHS.

GPs are still welcoming telephone triages of patients with concerning symptoms as the earliest diagnosis and treatment is vital.

Across Leeds, there has been a significant reduction of urgent cancer referrals from General Practices to hospitals, a worrying indicator that residents may be delaying talking to their doctor due to the current Coronavirus pandemic

Dr Andy Robinson, Lead GP for Cancer Prevention, Screening and Awareness, Leeds NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“The earliest diagnosis and treatment of cancer is absolutely vital. As GPs we appreciate people’s concerns in contacting their doctor in these
unprecedented times, but we urge you to still telephone us if you have any worrying or concerning symptoms.

“GPs will be able to triage you over the telephone and support you in the next steps with an urgent referral, so please do not delay to get the help you need.”

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

  1. Unexplained blood that doesn’t come from an obvious injury
  2. An unexplained lump
  3. Unexplained weight loss, which feels significant
  4. Any type of unexplained pain that doesn’t go away, not including long
    standing pain where there is already a cause, (i.e. back pain)

Anyone noticing these symptoms should feel confident to contact their GP to arrange a telephone triage in the first instance.

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