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February 04 2021 | News
COVID has been the major concern over the past year but cancer is still with us – one of the major diseases we continue to battle with and, unfortunately, still a significant killer. Which is why World Cancer Day is an important date on the calendar every year.
It’s a timely reminder of how important it is to raise vital funds to continue research – something which has been severely hampered during COVID – and to raise awareness of cancer, encouraging its:
Early detection of cancer and its impact on survival rates cannot be overemphasised which is why it is so important to speak to a GP over any concerns you may have. We know how easy it is to dismiss potential signs thinking they are unimportant and will pass. We are also aware of the fear of recognising that you may have cancer and simply want to push the thought to the back of your mind.
A check-up may well reveal it isn’t cancer, which prevents all the unnecessary worry, but if it is, the early diagnosis is more likely to mean that something can be done about it before the cancer develops too far and ultimately could become untreatable.
At Summerfield Healthcare we advocate regular healthchecks – a comprehensive MOT on your body and vital functions which will throw up anything which may be of concern. It allows us to address any issues and act without delay on recognising the problem and advising on what needs to be done.
We have a dedicated Women’s Health Clinic which allows women who may be experiencing symptoms to talk through their concerns with a female doctor and have an extensive healthcheck programme in place for men and women, giving them the time to discuss any worries they may have with a GP about their overall health – , and remember, prevention is always better than cure!
World Cancer Day is led by the Union for International Cancer Control with Cancer Research UK as one of its thousand members operating in 172 countries, and is the one big event of the year which unites the world in the global fight against cancer.
In 2018, 18 million people worldwide were diagnosed with cancer but thanks to the incredible work being done by organisations like Cancer Research UK, the prospects of major advances in tackling this terrible disease have never been greater.
We hope you will join us in marking World Cancer Day, help with the all-important fundraising efforts and take time to think about getting that check-up to ensure you remain in good health.
All services are available at Summerfield Healthcare with appropriate COVID-19 precautions in place during the current restrictions. Our call centre is open at our usual times of 8am-6pm Monday-Friday, and 11am-2pm Saturday.
For GP and consultant services we are now providing COVID-19 testing for all patients and Doctors. This is mandatory due to the proximity of the practitioner, the duration of the appointment and multiple clinicians often being involved in your treatment. An additional £10 will be included in the appointment fee at the point of payment to cover the cost of COVID testing, and your booking confirmation will reflect this requirement. This is not required for blood testing due to the short duration of appointments and reduced risk of exposure.