UK's 'stiff upper lip' increasing Britons cancer risk

The UK's 'stiff upper lip' could be putting Britons in increased danger from cancer, according to researchers.

A study by international experts suggests that British stoicism may help explain differences in cancer survival between the UK and other high-income countries.

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Researchers say Britain's 'stiff upper lip' could be preventing people from seeing their doctor Credit: PA

People in Britain were said to be more likely than others to avoid bothering their doctor over symptoms they find embarrassing and time-wasting.

As a result, cancer sufferers were less likely to be treated at an early stage when there is a greater chance of a cure.

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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