NHS England have launched a ‘Help Us, Help You’ campaign to encourage the public to contact their GP if they are worried about a symptom that could be cancer and specifically symptoms of abdominal cancers. Look out, too, for a new PR film featuring a host of famous faces and members of the public who have gone to extraordinary lengths to help the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic. Alongside healthcare professionals, they will help to deliver the campaign messages.
Signs of cancer to look out for include unexplained blood, a lump, weight loss which feels significant or an unexplained pain that lasts three weeks or more. And tummy troubles including diarrhoea, bloating or discomfort in the tummy area for three weeks.
The campaign encourages people who have been suffering from any of these symptoms to speak to their GP. While it’s probably nothing serious, any of these symptoms could be a sign of something that needs treatment. If it is cancer, finding it early makes it more treatable and can save lives.
The campaign also encourages those who are already being treated for a health issue to keep their routine appointments and those experiencing mental health issues to access NHS services and support. Pregnant women are also encouraged to keep appointments and seek advice from their midwife or maternity team if they are worried about their baby.
People may be concerned that they will be a burden to the NHS who are also dealing with COVID-19. The campaign reminds people that the NHS has introduced a range of measures to ensure the safety of patients, including COVID-secure wards and phone and digital appointments, and the ‘Help Us, Help You’ campaign will help to reassure patients that the NHS can help them safely.
Your NHS is here to see you, safely. Help Us, Help You.