Regional cancer care specialists are urging the public not to delay seeking medical advice if they are worried about possible symptoms of cancer

Health leaders from across the North East and North Cumbria have launched a drive to encourage anyone with potential signs of cancer to make use of NHS services.

There has been a drop in the number of people being referred urgently for suspected cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic - with a 76% reduction at the peak of the crisis in mid-April.  Numbers are increasing each week, however the latest data still shows a decrease of around a third.

Essential and urgent cancer diagnosis, treatment and care is continuing throughout the pandemic and the NHS is working to get people the best treatment for their cancer as quickly and safely as possible.

The Northern Cancer Alliance has launched the regional ‘Help Us Help You’ campaign to urge people to talk to their GP or nurse if they are concerned about signs or symptoms of cancer. Whether it’s a lump, a new pain, unusual bleeding or an unexplained symptom, recognising the signs and getting them checked out as soon as possible could help save lives.

It’s also important for people to attend any referral or follow up appointments, which are being delivered safely by frontline teams during the pandemic.

Visit the Northern Cancer Alliance webpage for further information https://www.northerncanceralliance.nhs.uk/helpushelpyou/