More than half of those living with dementia admitted putting off contacting a doctor for at least six months from when they first noticed symptoms, a leading health charity has found.
The Alzheimer's Society said 54% of people living with the degenerative disease said they had waited for at least half a year after spotting symptoms in either themselves or someone close to them before going to the GP.
Of the 1,043 quizzed by the health charity, some 41% said they had "bottled up" their concerns about their symptoms because they feared the diagnosis or did not want to upset the person they suspected of having the condition.
The study, carried out on Facebook and online, comes after musicians Chris Martin, Lily Allen and Alesha Dixon joined stars to highlight the plight of dementia sufferers in a new advert aimed at encouraging people to become "dementia friends".
More top news
Julie Etchingham is hosting the live ITV Leaders' Debate on Thursday - and she says it's already been an experience like no other.
Statistics show month of March to be sunnier than average despite a very windy and wintry period of weather in last 24 hours.
The 74-year-old was hanging decorations on the grave for Easter when the freak accident happened, according to local authorities.