NHS Access: Cancer and abdominal symptoms

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As part of their 'Help Us, Help You' campaign launched in March 2021, NHS England are encouraging you to contact your GP if you are worried about a symptom that could be cancer and specifically symptoms of abdominal cancers.

Signs of cancer to look out for include unexplained blood, a lump, weight loss which feels significant or an unexplained pain that lasts three weeks or more. And tummy troubles including diarrhoea, bloating or discomfort in the tummy area for three weeks.

If you have been suffering from any of these symptoms then you are encouraged to speak to your GP. While it’s probably nothing serious, any of these symptoms could be a sign of something that needs treatment. If it is cancer, finding it early makes it more treatable and can save lives.

If you are already being treated for a health issue, do keep your routine appointments and if you are experiencing mental health issues do access NHS services and support. Pregnant women are also encouraged to keep appointments and seek advice from your midwife or maternity team if you are worried about your baby.

You may be concerned that you will be a burden to the NHS who are also dealing with COVID-19, however the NHS has introduced a range of measures to ensure the safety of patients, including COVID-secure wards and phone and digital appointments, and want to reassure patients that the NHS can help them safely.

Your NHS is here to see you, safely. Help Us, Help You.

Visit nhs.uk/cancersymptoms for more information.

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