The Big C's

A website to promote cancer awareness during the COVID-19 pandemic

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COVID-19 could cause 18,000 excess deaths from cancer in the UK.

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This is due to delays in patient referrals and treatment caused by the pandemic.

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In April 2020 urgent referrals for suspected cancer patients dropped by 60%.

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Impact of COVID-19 on urgent suspected cancer referrals and diagnostic testing — Cancer Research UK

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Why is early diagnosis and treatment important?

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Stage of diagnosis and survival rates

“When diagnosed at its earliest stage, almost all (98%) people with breast cancer will survive their disease for five years or more, compared with around 1 in 4 (26%) people when the disease is diagnosed at the latest stage.”

This trend of early diagnosis correlating with improved survival is also present in other cancer’s.

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What can you do?

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Be aware of the symptoms

Visit the NHS or Cancer Research UK website.

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Cancer signs and symptoms.

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Cancer Research UK

Cancer signs and symptoms.

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Signs and symptoms — Cancer Research UK

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Use the NHS and other health services

If you have symptoms, contact your doctor. It's important to get medical help if you think you need it
The NHS is still open.

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Find a GP

Not registered with a GP or need to find one? Use the NHS find a GP service.

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Download the NHS app

Access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet

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Coronavirus information

Information on using the NHS and other health services during coronavirus

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