Many of us take a deep breath in when we hear the word ‘Cancer’. We feel a bit anxious and try to avoid talking about it. Unfortunately this means that we often don’t share important information with our friends and loved ones.
Things we should know:
the early signs we should be looking for
how to catch it in the early stages
how to reduce your risk of getting cancer
What should we be looking for?
You know your own body best, so, if something seems ‘not quite right’, don’t sit and worry about it. Go to your GP and get it checked out.
Things that might be of concern for bowel cancer are: blood from your bottom or in your poo, unexplained loss of weight.
For breast cancer, check for a turned in or cracked, leaky nipple, changes in the texture or shape of your breast - including lumps.
For lung cancer, seeing blood in your cough, recognising your cough has changed or become persistent.
Catching it early - Recognise the signs and attend screening regularly
Catching cancer early increases your chances of beating it, and ultimately having more time with your family and friends. Often, the only way it can be caught is through screening. It is free, so make the most of it! If you are between 50 & 74 years old, you should complete the home screening test for bowel cancer every two years. Ladies are also entitled to breast screening every three years.
If you have been putting it off, take action today and call NHS inform to order a replacement test kit or reschedule your screening appointment.
Knowing how to reduce our risk of getting Cancer
Studies show that you can reduce your risk by up to 49 % by simply being active, maintaining a healthy body weight, drinking only in moderation and being a non- smoker.