The Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust hopes to see an end to Cancer.
‘Prevention is better than cure’
Therefore it is important to be aware of any unexplained changes to your body, such as the sudden appearance of a lump, blood in your urine, or a change to your usual bowel habits.
These symptoms are often caused by other, non-cancerous illnesses, but it's important to see your GP as soon as possible so they can investigate.
If your GP suspects cancer, they will refer you to see a specialist – usually within two weeks.
The specialist will carry out further tests, such as a biopsy or X-ray, and plan any necessary treatment.
Other potential signs and symptoms of cancer are outlined below.
You should also see your GP if you have any unexplained bleeding.
See your GP if you notice a lump in your breast or if you have a lump that's rapidly increasing in size elsewhere on your body.
See your GP if you've experienced changes in bowel habits that have lasted more than a few weeks.
See your GP if you notice any unusual moles, sores, lumps, blemishes, markings or changes in the way an area of the skin looks or feels.
The Trust are aware how distressing hair loss can be during treatment. We have created a hair wig bank for anyone who is enduring loss of hair due to treatment. Please feel free to pop into the boutique try a new hair style or to donate.
The following links have more useful information about cancer.
Cancer Research UK: cancer symptom checker
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE): referral for suspected cancer