When It Comes To Visiting A Doctor, Do You Have FOFO?
When you are worried about your health it’s tempting to bury your head in the sand and hope whatever symptoms are concerning you will just go away in time. Even if you know that’s not a sensible move, the thought of going to see the doctor is daunting for several reasons, one of the biggest being that you just might have your worst fears confirmed.
This Fear Of Finding Out (FOFO) is widespread and has serious implications, for both individuals and the NHS. Research commissioned by biopharmaceutical company AbbVie found that 61% of people admitted that they would delay visiting a doctor owing to fear of being diagnosed with a serious illness, and 32% avoided the doc because they don’t want to be pressured into making changes to their lifestyle.
The research also found that 10% of people believed delaying seeing a doctor would have no impact if they were later diagnosed with an illness. This, unfortunately, is just wrong – your chances of surviving something serious are reduced the longer it goes untreated. Late diagnoses also hit the NHS in its pocket, with an extra £150 million spent on treating cancers spotted...