Coronavirus (COVID-19): Importance of detecting cancer early and advice for cancer patients and their carers

Potential cancer symptoms

If you’re worried about potential cancer symptoms, don’t delay seeking help.  Your NHS is here for you and GP practices are open. Appointments may feel a little different – they might happen on the phone or even by videolink.  And if your GP thinks you need to be seen face to face that can be arranged too.   

It's probably nothing serious, but it's best to get checked. Early detection is one of the main reasons why more people are surviving cancer.

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Cancer patients and their carers

We’ve created a leaflet for cancer patients and their carers to help them understand what COVID-19 might mean for their health and their treatment. 

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Proactive screening for breast, cervical and bowel cancer has been paused during COVID-19 to re-align NHS services to cope with the pandemic. However it’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the conditions screened for, and contact your GP practice if you have concerns.  The NHS is here for you, and GP practices are open. 

It’s probably nothing serious but it’s best to get checked.  The earlier cancer is found, the easier it is to treat. 

Find out more about Scotland’s three screening programmes.

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