Be Clear on Cancer
You’re twice as likely to survive
cancer as you were 40 years ago.
Around 268,000 new cases of cancer are
diagnosed in England every year. It mainly affects older people,
with almost 9 out of 10 cases diagnosed in people aged 50 or over.
But thousands of people survive cancer every year, and patients say
the quality of care for people being treated for cancer is
How to spot
When it comes to cancer, there are 4
key signs to look out for:
1. Unexplained blood that doesn’t come
from an obvious injury
2. An unexplained lump
3. Unexplained weight loss, which
feels significant to you
4. Any type of unexplained pain that
doesn’t go away.
If you notice any of these, make an
appointment to see your doctor. Chances are it’s nothing serious,
but if it is cancer, then finding it early makes it more
These are four key signs of cancer,
but you should also see your doctor if you notice anything that is
persistent, unexplained or an unusual change in your body:
• Persistent – symptoms that last
three weeks or more, such as a cough, a mouth or tongue ulcer, a
sore that doesn’t heal or bloating
• Unexplained – such as difficulty
swallowing food, or needing to pee very often or very suddenly
• Unusual change for you – such as a
change in the size, shape or colour of a mole, or a change to your
nipple, or the skin or shape of your breast.
These symptoms can often have less
serious causes. But if you notice them, your doctor will want to
know – it may be a sign of something that needs treatment.
See your doctor
You’re not wasting anyone’s time by
getting any of these symptoms checked out. If it isn’t serious,
your mind will be put at rest. But if it is cancer, early diagnosis
can make all the difference. The sooner cancer is detected, the
better the chances of successful treatment.
If you’ve been to the doctor but your
symptoms haven’t gone away, he or she will want to know. It’s
important to see your doctor again if your symptoms persist.
If you know anyone who has any of
these symptoms, tell them they should see their doctor. Again, it’s
probably nothing serious, but they should get it checked out.
You can find your doctor’s contact
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