Cancer Awareness

 Contact Details

Simon Brady
Macmillan Development Officer
1 Shore Terrace
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

  1. The early signs we should be looking for
  1. How to catch it in the early stages
  1. 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…

Some things that might be of concern:

Bowel Cancer

  1. Blood from your bottom or in your poo
  2. Unexplained loss of weight.
  3. Persistent change in bowel habit – going more often, with looser stools and sometimes tummy (abdominal) pain

Breast Cancer

  1. A turned in, or cracked, leaky nipple
  2. Changes in the texture or shape of your breast – including lumps
  3. Swelling or a lump in the armpit

Lung Cancer

  1. Seeing blood in your cough
  2. Recognising your cough has changed or become persistent
  3. Chest pain that is often worse with deep breathing, coughing, or laughing

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.

Reduce the Risk of Getting Cancer

Knowing how to reduce our risk of getting Cancer

Lots of us feel that getting cancer is completely out of our control, but our risk actually depends on a combination of our genes, our environment and aspects of our lives, many of which we can control.

Current research has indicated that around 4 in 10 cancer cases can be prevented by altering modifiable behaviour i.e. simply being active, maintaining a healthy body weight, eating a healthy balanced diet, drinking only in moderation, enjoying sun safety and being a non-smoker.

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