Concern as ailing miss treatment

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HUNDREDS of people miss out on medical treatment because they find it too difficult to make a doctor’s appointment, research has found.

Other reasons include fear, embarrassment and worry over wasting the doctor’s time.

The study was conducted by Cancer Research UK to find out how people react when they development symptoms of illness.

It follows an identical survey two years previously and shows the number of people who said they had difficulty making an appointment had risen from 36.7 per cent to 42.7 per cent.

The number of people who said they were too scared to visit the doctor fell by 6 per cent to 21.7 per cent over the two years, while those who said they were too embarrassed to make the trip fell marginally from 15.5 per cent to 14.4 per cent.

Linda Summerhayes, Scottish spokeswoman for Cancer Research UK, said: “It’s concerning to think that something as simple as making a doctor’s appointment could be putting people off seeking help for a 
serious symptom.”

The charity said about 29,400 people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland every year and it wants to raise awareness of the early symptoms to improve 
survival rates.