New research published in BMC Public Health has found that increased body vigilance may contribute to early cancer diagnosis.
In the first study of its kind, researchers from the University of Surrey who received funding from Cancer Research UK, found that people who are more body vigilant were more likely to seek professional medical help.
Unlike previous research in this area which mainly focuses on the time from perceiving a reason to contact a healthcare professional to first consultation, this study examines patients’ attentiveness to their bodies and their readiness to contact medical professionals.
During the study, a sample group of over 2,000 people aged 50 and over were asked whether they had experienced one or more of 14 ‘cancer alarm symptoms’ over the previous three months. Almost half the sample (46%) reported experiencing at last once cancer alarm symptom in…