The Irish Cancer Society has said it's concerned some people are 'putting their lives at risk' by not contacting their doctor about health concerns during the coronavirus crisis.
They say that although COVID-19 is dominating the headlines, it's important that other medical issues and symptoms are not ignored.
Irish Cancer Society CEO Averil Power said GPs and, where needed, emergency departments remain open.
She explained: "Our nurses have heard from a number of people who are concerned, or even embarrassed, about contacting their GP about potential cancer symptoms or other health worries because of the pressures the coronavirus is creating in the health system.
“Our message to everyone is really simple: please contact your GP if you are worried that you may be showing a sign or a symptom of cancer.
"Please don’t be afraid or embarrassed to do this – when it comes to cancer early detection is key."
Ms Power said people should contact their doctor if they notice 'unexplained, persistent or unusual changes' in their body - such as lumps, persistent pain, unexplained bleeding or unexpected weight loss.
She noted: “Chances are it won’t be cancer, but if it is, the sooner it is detected, the better your chance of survival. Timing is key"
Earlier this week, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan also urged people to continue to seek healthcare if needed.
Dr Holohan - who had to attend hospital himself in recent days for tests unrelated to COVID-19 - said he was worried to see empty waiting rooms and empty beds.
He observed: "While protecting yourself from COVID-19 is a priority, no one should ignore signs that they may need medical attention for other ailments such as lumps, chest pain or other concerns. Please do not ignore any symptom outside of COVID-19.
"The hospitals are there for all ailments, not just COVID-19.”