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…
Some things that might be of concern:
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.