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People 'put off visiting their GP'

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Nearly a quarter (24%) of people in the UK are put off visiting their GP due to the hassle of getting an appointment, a survey has shown.

The poll by Cancer Research UK also found that one in five (20%) would put off a visit to the doctor’s surgery because they are worried what the GP might find.

Almost a third (32%) said that, if they had an unusual change or persistent change to their body, they would not go to their GP due to thinking the problem would go away in its own time.

The online poll of more than 2,000 adults was carried out by YouGov for Cancer Research UK’s Spot Cancer Early campaign. The campaign urges people seek medical advise sooner rather than later if they notice a continued change in their body.

Health information manager for Cancer Research UK, Dr Claire Knight, said: “We want people to know that you are more likely to survive cancer if it’s found at an early stage. It’s important to get to know your body so you’re familiar with what’s normal for you.

“If you notice any unusual or persistent changes, it’s really important to take the time to visit your doctor to talk about it.”

Other reasons cited for not going to see a doctor included not wanting to waste the GP’s time (19%), embarrassment about the issue (14%) and not having enough time (14%).




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  • As a health services consumer, who also works for a living, what I can tell you is, it is very discouraging to be asked to take a 1330 appt time, closing the shop, and sitting for over 2 hours in the office to be seen. Insult to injury, 1530 comes, and these prime appointment times seem taken by wrinklies and stay-at-home Moms!

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