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Could embarrassment be behind lower cancer survival rates among the British?

Posted Feb 07 2013 10:02pm
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If you are a regular visitor to this blog, you know I try to emphasize the importance of seeing the family doctor. As much as we may not want to do this, it’s essential we get regular cancer screenings.  Catching cancer early gives you a much greater chance of long-term survival.  Part of our responsibility is to report cancer symptoms to the doctor.  With a simple Google search, we can find out if a symptom may indicate a serious disease. But Google can’t substitute for a doctor visit.

The following article, by Rebecca Smith , Medical Editor with The Telegraph, suggests that folks from Britain are not reporting cancer symptoms.  In the article, you’ll learn that researchers surveyed nearly 40 thousand people, ages 50 and up, from Australia, Canada, Norway, Sweden and Britain.

The article says, “One in three people in Britain were worried about wasting the doctor’s time compared with less than one in ten in Sweden.”

According to the article, experts reveal that cancer survival rates are lower in Britain.

We all need to work a little harder at communicating with our doctors….so that we can, someday, put a dent in the number of cancer deaths reported on both sides of the pond.

 


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