NEIL Hamilton MS, a member of the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs committee is urging his constituents to make sure they get checked out if they are feeling unwell.
He is a long-time supporter of all initiatives to fight any form of cancer, and continues to back calls to improve early diagnosis in Wales.
“I have received many letters and emails from constituents who are, quite rightly, concerned about the devastating impact the coronavirus crisis has had on people suffering from various types of cancer, including cervical and prostate.
“Since the pandemic the number of urgent referrals from GP’s for suspected cancer has dropped which is extremely worrying. Many fear they could come into contact with the virus and do not want to overburden their doctor so fail to visit the surgery for that initial conversation.
“I can understand their concern but it is a worrying trend as we all know early diagnosis saves lives. It is absolutely vital, if you suspect there could be something wrong, you get yourself checked out for any cancer diseases.
“Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, the UK’s leading cervical cancer charity, is now calling on us all to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of this disease and encourage more screening.
“The importance of early screening is vital and I am totally committed to increasing awareness of all types of cancer. I would urge anyone who is worried that something is wrong, to visit their GP to get themselves checked.”
As the UK’s leading cervical cancer charity, during Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is working hard to increase awareness of cervical screening as well as the symptoms of cervical cancer
New research has found that awareness of symptoms, particularly amongst young women, is worryingly low with over half of those aged 18-24 believing vaginal bleeding to be normal and 1 in 4 reporting they had ignored bleeding in between periods more than once.
They also found that: One third of respondents stated that they believed they should book a cervical screening (smear test) appointment if they’re having symptoms. 25% of those experiencing vaginal bleeding would not go to their doctor about it and 1 in 4 said that anxiety would prevent them from accessing virtual GP care.
For more information about Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, go to www.jostrust.org.uk.