"We think it's an excellent way of raising awareness, not only of key 'warning signs' but of how people should also think about applying their knowledge of cancer symptoms to themselves," said Dr. Katriina Whitaker, a senior research fellow from University College London, who conducted the survey through Cancer Research UK.
Whitaker’s team analyzed data from 1,729 adults in the UK that were over the age of 50 — the average was just over 64 years old. Participants were given a list of 17 symptoms and asked which ones they had experienced over a three-month span — and if they sought medical attention for them. In total, 10 of the symptoms were known symptoms that could indicate cancer.
More than half of the respondents had one of the symptoms in the three-month span before responding to the questionnaire. Participants rated only about a quarter of the symptoms as serious.
"The bottom line is that if people have symptoms that don't clear up, they should go to their GP for advice," Whitaker said.
What are the 10 symptoms that many people dismiss — but could actually be signs of cancer?
Those aren't the only symptoms of cancer, so be on the lookout if something doesn't feel right. (Did you know heartburn and depression could indicate cancer?)
This is interesting: Another study this year, from the UK, found that 88 percent of 3,649 respondents who visited doctors for symptoms wanted further investigation but The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines say people need to have symptoms that indicate a risk of 5 percent or higher before further testing.
it raises an interesting question: What if you get brave and go to the doctor only to be told that he or she won’t investigate it?
In that case, we have two words: Second opinion.
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