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Cancer: one in four too scared to seek medical help over symptom | Society

Cancer: one in four too scared to seek medical help over symptom | Society

Despite discovering a potential symptom of cancer, half the UK population would not seek medical help with many too afraid that they may be wasting a doctor’s time by raising it.

In addition, one in four people would not bother having a symptom examined for fear of what the doctor might find, according to a new survey by Populus.

Similarly, one in five (21%) adults – 18% of men and 25% of women – would put off acting on their discovery through worry that they would be wasting a doctor’s time.

Another 13% would put off seeing a doctor because the appointment time was not convenient, 8% because they would be too embarrassed and 7% as a result of being too busy.