It takes a certain confidence to ring your local GP and announce to a stranger that you've got a strange pain in an even stranger place. The kind of confidence that it turns out 40% of us don't have, according to a new Cancer Research study that suggests receptionists are putting us off seeing the doctor.
Of the 2,000 Brits asked 40% listed having to talk to a receptionist as a barrier to booking in with the doc. Perhaps most worryingly the study found that numerous people were worried about making a fuss.
Additional issues were things like not getting an appointment at the right time or the right doctor, which 42% of people listed. Which sounds fussy unless you've ever tried to get an appointment that isn't midnight in 2034.
Dr Jodie Moffat, head of early diagnosis at Cancer Research UK, said: "There's still more to learn about the things that may put people off going to their doctor, and how important they are when it comes to actually influencing behaviour. A new sign or symptom, or something that has stayed or got worse over time, needs to be checked out by a GP."
Remember, no matter how bad it is, your doctor has probably seen worse.