– Sara Hiom, director of patient engagement and early diagnosis at Cancer Research UK
The research highlights that people in the UK are more worried and embarrassed about seeing their doctor with a symptom that might be serious compared to those in other countries.
Cancer Research UK and others are working hard to understand and address these potential barriers to early presentation and encourage people to tell their doctor if they have noticed something different about their body.
More work also needs to be done to tackle the poor awareness that cancer risk increases with age
Britain's "stiff upper lip" culture may explain why it lags behind other major nations when it comes to beating cancer, claim researchers. Brits' concern about not wasting doctors' time meant sufferers were less likely to be treated at an early stage