Published on:14 March 2016
Enfield Council is encouraging residents to check their unexplained symptoms with their GP to potentially catch cancer early.
Enfield residents are being urged to check out unexplained symptoms and to see a doctor as soon as they can in a new public health campaign from Enfield Council designed to alert people to the early signs of cancer.
“Detecting cancer in its first stages is the key to getting early and effective treatment,” said Cllr Nneka Keazor, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health & Sport.
She said: “The ‘If in doubt – check it out’ campaign is telling people not to ignore any unexplained symptoms such as: bleeding that does not come from an injury; unexplained lumps, weight loss or pain that does not disappear.
“The chances are that these signs are not serious; but I do not want people to leave any unusual physical change to chance. As soon as they notice something unexplained people should see their GP.”
There is evidence that Enfield residents are presenting themselves with symptoms some time after they have appeared; or waited to get it checked at a screening appointment.
Cllr Keazor, continued; “Don’t wait for a screening appointment or put up with unusual pain or bleeding - see a doctor. We are writing to all Enfield GPs to let them know about the campaign. Most people will be reassured by a visit to know that nothing is serious – and for those who need extra attention they will know that they are going to receive tests and treatment quickly.”