It is something people are uncomfortable talking about and facing up to. The It public health campaign wants to get people talking about it, finding out more about it and taking positive action to prevent it. It of course is cancer.
The aim is to get people to better understand the importance of getting checked out early and taking action to reduce the likelihood of developing the disease.
Survival rates have doubled in the past 40 years
Yet one in five people living in Knowsley still regard a cancer diagnosis as a death sentence and are uncomfortable talking about it. The campaign aims to change this so we no longer let it get the better of us.
Let’s beat it
Making small lifestyle changes such as those listed below, getting any symptoms checked early and attending for screening can make a big difference.
Attend for screening
Go for cancer screening appointments such as bowel, breast and cervical cancer screening when invited.
Believe it or not, over half of people in Knowsley didn’t return their bowel screening kit and around one in three women didn’t attend for breast screening in recent years. These simple actions can save lives.
The earlier cancer is diagnosed, the better the outlook.
Symptoms of cancer
There are many different types of cancer and each one has different symptoms.
Some of the more common symptoms include; unexplained weight loss, skin changes eg. a mole changing size or shape, unusual bleeding, an unexplained lump, a cough or hoarseness or sore throat for three weeks or more, pain in abdomen (or stomach) that has lasted more than a few weeks, or a change in usual bowel habits or persistent bloating.
If you think something’s not right, don’t ignore it - talk to someone you trust and your GP or Nurse.
You can find out more information about the symptoms of cancer at:
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