A hospital in Swindon has said that the Princess of Wales' cancer diagnosis revelation has prompted enquiries about the disease to increase. 

After weeks of unfounded speculation about her health, Kate Middleton released a video to the public explaining that she had been diagnosed with cancer following her abdominal surgery and was undergoing 'preventative chemotherapy' 

Since the video was released on Friday, The Ridgeway Hospital in Wroughton, says it has seen a big increase in people looking for information, tests and scans to spot cancers. 

Professor Mark Beresford, a consultant clinical oncologist, said: “The Princess of Wales’ courageous decision to speak out about her condition has clearly prompted many people concerned about symptoms to seek medical advice.  

“The key thing for local people to hear is that help is available, and as Her Royal Highness so powerfully stated: ‘you are not alone.’ If you have any niggling symptoms, it’s always best to get them checked as early as possible: don’t put off seeking help and advice.”  

Common symptoms can include coughing, chest pain, breathlessness, bloating, bleeding, lumps, unexplained weight loss, stomach or back pain and changes in bowel habits.  

Professor Beresford continued: “Cancer has never been more treatable, and survival rates for most cancers are at an all-time high, but early diagnosis is essential. I recommend early checks to all my patients, but anyone with specific concerns should seek a GP appointment and referral for tests and scans without delay.”  

According to data collected by Cancer Research UK, an estimated 1.19 million cancer deaths have been avoided in the UK (2021) by advances in care alongside early checks. 

Swindon Advertiser: Professor Beresford believes that improvements not only in treatments but greater awareness of symptoms have played an instrumental rise in this reduction.   

He said: “Since its peak in the 1980s, medical research and breakthroughs in treatments have given us the edge when it comes to treating this awful disease.

"However, the earlier we can detect it, the stronger the chance of getting a patient onto a course treatment which gives them a better chance of beating it.”   

He added: “The Princess of Wales’ message is an example to us all, that when we talk about the disease and share information about treatments and symptoms, the better we are at supporting those affected.

"The more opportunities we have to share information the more confident people will feel about coming forward earlier to get their symptoms checked.”  

“I have no doubt that Her Royal Highness’s to speak openly about her diagnosis will save many lives in the future.”