NCL Cancer Awareness Campaign
North Central London Cancer Alliance in collaboration with the North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group CCG is running a campaign to encourage anyone with cancer-related symptoms to contact their GP practice. We also want to ensure that people take part in screening when invited.
Our key message is about taking action by contacting your GP if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Unexpected bleeding, like blood in your poo, pee or spit
- Unexplained lump
- Unexplained pain that lasts three weeks or more
- Persistent cough that lasts three weeks or more
- Unexplained weight loss
It may be nothing serious – in fact more than 9 out of 10 people are not diagnosed with cancer. However, finding cancer early makes it more treatable.
That’s why it’s also important to take part in routine cancer screening when invited.
The way appointments are made may have changed, but GP practices are open for check-ups and screenings and healthcare professionals are available to see patients safely.
Naser Turabi, Managing Director of the North Central London Cancer Alliance, says: “We know from local data that many people have held back from contacting their GPs during the peaks of the pandemic because they feared going out or because they felt that healthcare professionals were too busy dealing with COVID-19. The NHS has, in fact, remained open…read more
We are working closely with 15 voluntary and community sector organisations in the region to ensure that the campaign messages can spread throughout our local communities. The organisations have been trained and equipped to deliver the key messages.
Our primary care colleagues have been provided with information and campaign materials to help pass on the messages to patients. Local hospitals are sharing the information on their websites and social media, and on their premises.