Women displaying new gynaecological cancer symptoms are being told to seek medical advice but patients are confused over what services are running during the lockdown.
Mr Jaf Abu fears that some women may be holding back on visiting their GP's and hospitals to seek medical advice due to ongoing pandemic.
Mr Abu has seen the number of patients presenting with cancer symptoms has dropped by around 75% in recent weeks.
The reasons being are that patients are worried about catching the virus, giving it to family members, and becoming a burden on the health service.
Mr Jaf Abu, gynaecology oncologist says " it is more important than ever that people with new and troubling cancer symptoms speak to a healthcare professional to prevent any issues down the line".
Mr Jaf Abu is still offering patients virtual consultations for those who are concerned about visiting a healthcare setting at this time.
“Unfortunately, I have noticed that during these 2 national lockdowns mixed with the Coronavirus pandemic, that the number of patients being seen for cancer symptoms has greatly reduced and this is very worrying”.
He continues to say “I cannot stress that referrals for suspected cancer are key in achieving an early diagnosis that will improve cancer survival rates”.
If you have any of the following symptoms then we urge you to contact your healthcare provider.
Pelvic pain or pressure
Itching or burning of the vulva
Changes in vulva colour or skin (rash, sores, warts, or ulcers)
Changes in bathroom habits (increased urination, constipation, or diarrhoea)
Abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge
Pain in the back or stomach