Sunday, 19 November 2017

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Cancer

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.

 

- Links -

'wee c'
Breast Cancer Care
Cancer Research UK
Carers Trust
Get Checked Early
Hebridean Men's Cancer Support Group
Lewis & Harris Breast Cancer Support Group
Macmillan Cancer Support
Maggie's Centres
Marie Curie Cancer Care
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
NHS Highland
NHS Inform
NHS Lothian
NHS Western Isles
NHS24
Patient Travel (NHSWI)
Prostate Cancer Charity