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Stiff upper lip 'ups cancer risk'

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

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Embarrassment stopping Britons from seeing doctor

British stoicism could be putting people in mortal danger from cancer, a study of differences in cancer survival between the UK and other high-income countries.

The UK stood out in this study. A high proportion of people said that not wanting to waste the doctor's time and embarrassment might stop them going to the doctor with a symptom that might be serious.

The traditional British 'stiff upper lip' could be preventing people from seeing their doctor.

– Dr Lindsay Forbes, from King's College London

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