HEALTH bosses are encouraging Barnsley residents to get a ‘peace of mind’ check if they notice anything unusual which could be an early sign or symptom of cancer.

The Cancer Alliance’s new campaign launched this month and is aimed at giving people ‘peace of mind’ by getting themselves checked out without delay.

Early diagnosis significantly improves the chances of successful treatment and survival.

However, many people hesitate in seeking medical advice due to fear, uncertainty, or simply not recognising the symptoms.

Some early signs and symptoms are common and so some people may also feel they are wasting their GP’s time, bosses say.

Dr Steph Edgar, clinical lead for the South Yorkshire Cancer Alliance, said: “We understand the fears and concerns that often accompany the thought of a cancer diagnosis.

“But we hope that, through the ‘peace of mind’ check campaign, we are able to shift the focus from fearing the worst, to understanding that seeing your GP promptly will provide answers and increase your chance of successful treatment should you be diagnosed with cancer.

“We believe that everyone deserves peace of mind when it comes to their health.”