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The HSE National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) is urging people to act early on potential signs of cancer, as research shows that some people (in parts of north Dublin, specifically Dublin 7, 9 and 11 areas) wait longer to contact their GP regarding concerns.
‘’Diagnosing cancer early, before it has grown or spread to other parts of the body, increases your chances of curative treatment and is one of the most important ways to increase survival,” said Dr Heather Burns, Specialist in Public Health Medicine, HSE NCCP.
“Late diagnosis, when cancer has grown and spread, limits your treatment options and reduces your chances of survival. If you have any signs or symptoms that could be cancer, such a new cough lasting for more than 3 weeks, coughing up blood or unexplained weight loss, get it checked by your GP without delay.’’
Dr Una Kennedy a GP based in Glasnevin and advisor to the NCCP added, ‘’The NCCP conducted a series of focus groups to gain further insights into areas with high incidence of lung cancer, including Dublin city north.”
“A common finding among participants was a fatalistic attitude towards lung cancer, with some older participants believing they were beyond help. We are urging members of the public to know the signs of cancer and call your GP today if you notice any changes or something different for you.’’