Dying of politeness: British don't like to bother the doctorEven with cancer symptoms
Almost 40% of Britons would put off going to their GP with cancer symptoms because they don’t want to bother the doctor, according to a new survey.
They would also delay making an appointment because they are too embarrassed, scared, worried about what their doctor might find or too busy.
Over 40% of women are most worried about wasting the doctor's time, as are 36% of men.
But fear of what the doctor might find is just as strong a reason for women delaying a visit.
The survey, by Cancer Research UK, is the first in the world to set a national standard method for measuring awareness of cancer symptoms and care. Over 2,000 people were interviewed face-to-face to obtain the results.
This article was published on Wed 7 October 2009
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