New Normal, Same Cancer

COVID-19 has affected our life in so many ways: our family life, our social life, our work life. Many of us are limiting our interactions with others to reduce the risk of contracting the virus.

But there is growing concern that people who have new or persistent health symptoms may be staying away from their doctor too.

If you have any new or persistent symptoms, don’t delay.

Most symptoms are due to something less serious than cancer, but it is always better to #getchecked. The earlier cancer is found, the better.

So, what are you waiting for?

Contact your doctor and #getchecked #newnormalsamecancer

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Lymphoma Australia is 1 of 13 healthcare organisations across Australia who have come together with one voice to say: Don’t wait. Contact your doctor. Get checked.


Steven Murphy, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

“Be alert to changes. Be alert to how you are feeling”

Steven was feeling the healthiest he ever had but there were a few persistent symptoms – minor gym injuries that weren’t healing, for example – that led him to go to his GP and get checked. If he hadn’t, his cancer may not have been diagnosed until it was much more advanced. 

If you have unusual or persistent symptoms, be like Steven.

Don’t wait. Contact your doctor. Get checked. 

Most symptoms are due to something less serious than cancer, but it is always better to be safe than sorry. The earlier cancer is found the better. #newnormalsamecancer

We are very grateful to Steven for sharing his experiences with lymphoma to give others encouragement to get checked.

Briony Benjamin, Stage 4 Hodgkin lymphoma

“YOU are the world’s leading expert on YOU”

Briony had been feeling “off and icky” for two years before she was finally diagnosed with Stage 4, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She said feeling unwell had become her “new normal” and she thought maybe it was just part of being an adult.

Now, her message to anyone with persistent health symptoms is:
Don’t wait. Contact your doctor. Get checked.

Lymphoma Australia is so grateful to Briony for sharing her story and encouraging others to get unusual or persistent symptoms checked by their GP. Briony is a long term advocate for knowing your own body, and you can read more of her story here.

The New Normal, Same Cancer campaign is vitally important and Lymphoma Australia is proud to be supporting it.

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