Recent study findings from Cancer Research UK indicate that one in three people would postpone a visit to their doctor if they found 'unusual or persistent' changes on their body, in the hope that the symptoms would go away.
In an online poll conducted by the charity along with market research organisation YouGov, which surveyed more than 20,000 respondents, it was also found that some of the reasons for not going to the doctor in this situation included reluctance to waste their doctor's time in case it turned out not to be serious, and in some cases embarrassment.
Of course, if you read up on any of the advice for cancer symptom self-checking, it's always stated that you're strongly advised to get things checked out if you find anything untoward.
Cancer survival rates have improved a lot over the past few decades and one of the reasons is dwon to earlier detection. For more info, get over to the Cancer Research site's spot cancer early pages, where you'll find loads of great useful information - and even a nifty app to help.