Watch out for symptoms of cancer

Watch out for symptoms of cancer

On World Cancer Day, we are reminding our patients that it is vital to watch out for the signs of cancer, check their bodies, attend appointments for screenings and contact us if they have any concerns.
Spotting cancer early gives you a much better chance of successfully fighting the disease.
 
For women, is important to check your breasts regularly for signs of cancer and charity CoppaFeel can give you great tips on what to look for and how to do it.
They can even set up a ‘remind me’ direct text message each month to tell you to check your boobs!
See here for more information: https://coppafeel.org/
 
Please remember that your GP surgery is open and really wants you to come forward and be checked out if you have symptoms of cancer.
Lung cancer is a disease which needs to be caught early so if you have any of these problems, get in touch with your practice:
coughing up blood
a persistent cough (three weeks or more)
becoming short of breath
have a hoarse voice
are losing weight
have chest or shoulder pain that is not going away
There is a video on this web page which explains more: 
https://www.roycastle.org/the-nhs-is-still-here-its-always-been-ok-to-visit-your-gp/
 
Men should check their testicles regularly to make sure there is nothing different about them.
You should feel for:
lumps or swellings
anything unusual
differences between your testicles
If you find something that concerns you, please contact your GP surgery. If something is wrong, it is likely to be something other than cancer.
If it is testicular cancer, it is usually curable – 2,300 men are diagnosed with this cancer each year.
For more information, see here: https://www.macmillan.org.uk/cancer-information-and-support/testicular-cancer
 
Catching cancer early gives you the best chance to beat it.
Women between the ages from 25 to 64 are regularly asked to go for cervical screening, also called a smear test.
Here, SSP Health GP Dr Hajeera Butt explains why it is so important…