MILLIONS of people with potential cancer symptoms affecting their privates are too embarrassed to seek medical help.
They are among one-in-five adults who have delayed seeing their GP despite early diagnosis being crucial in boosting cancer survival.
And overall, more than five million have avoided going to the doctor altogether to spare their blushes. Vaginal bleeding was viewed as the most embarrassing symptom to discuss, according to a survey for Bupa.
Other signs patients were reluctant to raise were pain in the pelvis or groin, and blood or discomfort when urinating or having a poo.
Julia Ross, head of cancer care at Bupa UK, said: “It’s important to remember that the role of medical professionals is to help you understand your body, providing you with peace of mind or signposting you to the most appropriate treatment and support for your condition.
“Fast access to treatment can help recovery and the long-term management of an illness.
“I would encourage people not to delay seeing a health professional if they are experiencing worrying symptoms.” Around 330,000 Brits get cancer each year, with 160,000 dying.
Britain has one of the worst survival rates in Western Europe, with experts blaming delays in testing and diagnosis.
Around nine in ten bowel cancer patients survive at least five years if it is picked up early.
But only one in 20 do so if it is identified late.
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