To support World Cancer Day, South Lincolnshire CCG is urging patients to ‘Be Clear On Cancer’ and look out for any symptoms they may think is cancer, in which case they should contact their surgery to make an appointment to see their GP.
Cancer is when abnormal cells divide in an uncontrolled way. Some cancers may eventually spread into other tissues.
There are more than 200 different types of cancer and half of the population in the UK will get cancer in their lifetime.
If any patient:
- notices changes to their breasts and are over 70;
- notices blood in their pee, even if it's just the once;
- gets out of breath doing things they used to be able to do;
- has been coughing for three weeks or more; has had blood in their poo or looser poo for the last three weeks; has been feeling bloated most days for the last three weeks;
- has noticed a change to a mole, freckle or normal patch of skin;
- has had heartburn most days for three weeks or more;
These symptoms could be a sign of many things, but patients are not wasting anyone's time by having them checked out. Book an appointment with your GP.
There are a range of cancer screenings which involve testing for signs of the disease. It can save lives by finding cancers at an early stage, or even preventing them. Screening is not the same as the tests a person may have when doctors are diagnosing or treating cancer.
Every year, more than 350,000 people are diagnosed with the disease. But experts estimate that more than 4 in 10 cancer cases could be prevented, largely through lifestyle changes, such as:
- not smoking
- keeping a healthy bodyweight
- eating a healthy, balanced diet
- cutting back on alcohol
- enjoying the sun safely
- keeping active
Find out more on the Be Clear On Cancer website at www.nhs.uk/be-clear-on-cancer/