A study looking at people's understanding of cancer symptoms (SASS)

Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.

Cancer type:

All cancer types





This study is trying to learn more about what people think and understand about common cancer symptoms. The study team are especially interested in symptoms of the mouth, throat and chest. This study is supported by Cancer Research UK as part of the National Awareness and Early Detection Initiative (NAEDI).

Some symptoms may be caused by things that aren’t serious, such as a simple infection. Other symptoms may be caused by more serious conditions, such as cancer.  

The study team want to find out what smokers and non smokers know about symptoms and what they do about these symptoms. To do this they will ask them to fill in a questionnaire.  

The aim of this study is to find out if smoking has an effect on how people respond to symptoms.

Who can enter

You cannot volunteer to take part in this study. You may be invited to take part if your GP Practice is helping with the study and you are over 50 years old.

Trial design

This study will recruit about 1,200 people.

The study team will send you a letter explaining the study and a questionnaire. The questionnaire will ask about your health and your understanding and experience of some symptoms. You return the completed questionnaire in the pre paid envelope provided.

The study team would also like to speak to some people about their understanding of the symptoms asked about in the questionnaire. You can say if you would be willing to do so at the end of the questionnaire. You don’t have to agree to this if you don’t want to.

If the study team want to interview you, it will be in a place and at a time convenient to you. With your consent they will audio record this session.

Hospital visits

There are no hospital visits if you agree to take part in this study.

Side effects

You may become anxious about symptoms that you have had or have at the moment. If so, you should talk to your GP about them.

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Chief Investigator

Professor Una Macleod

Supported by

National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative (NAEDI)
University of Hull
University of York

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Freephone 0808 800 4040

Last review date

CRUK internal database number:

Oracle 10586

Please note - unless we state otherwise in the summary, you need to talk to your doctor about joining a trial.

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