Twice as many people survive cancer compared to 30 years ago
Thanks to earlier detection, research breakthroughs and treatment advances, more people are surviving cancer than ever before.
In fact, the more we share the positives around cancer, the more lives we can save. Together we can turn the Big C into the 'wee c'.
Cancer. It's not what it used to be.
However, if you're at all worried about a symptom, or you notice any unusual change in your body, don't let fear or embarrassment stop you from getting it checked – visit your GP.
It's probably nothing but if it is something, they have a better chance of successfully treating it if it's caught early.
Signs and symptoms
Below are some potential signs and symptoms of cancer that are worth visiting your GP about.
- A new lump in the breasts, testicles or anywhere else that appears or an existing lump that gets bigger.
- A sore that doesn't heal up – in the mouth, throat or on the skin.
- A mole that changes shape, size or colour.
- Any growth that appears on the skin and continues to grow.
- Coughing up blood, or blood in the urine or mixed through stools (poo).
- Things that don't clear up, like a cough that doesn't go away, or a pain somewhere that won't settle.
- A change in the pattern of going to the toilet.
- Unexpected weight loss (when you have not been trying to lose weight).
Remember, having one of these doesn't necessarily mean you have cancer, it could be a sign of something else, but either way, it's better to have your concern checked.
So, don't get scared, get checked.
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