Cancer Awareness

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Cancer is a condition where cells in a specific part of the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably. Cancerous cells can invade and destroy healthy tissue and organs. There are over 200 different types of cancer and the condition can start in one part of the body and spread to other organs (metastasis). 

Did you know...

  • Over 320,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed in the UK each year.
  • More than one in three people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime
  • The most common forms of cancer are: breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer. bowel cancer, bladder cancer and uterine (womb) cancer. 

How do I spot cancer?

There are a number of symptoms that can indicate you have cancer. It is important to look out for any unexplained changes to your body, such as lumps, changes in your bowel habits, or unexplained bleeding. There can also be other common symptoms such as:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Diarrhoea or constipation
  • Unexplained pain
  • Weight loss
  • Moles that change in shape or appearance
  • A cough that persists longer than expected. 

In many instances, your symptoms will not be related to cancer. However, it is worthwhile getting your GP to investigate your symptoms. 

How can I reduce the risk of getting cancer?

Adopting a healthy lifestyle can significantly reduce your chances of getting cancer. Simple changes to your lifestyle can make a big difference, such as eating a healthy diet, taking regular exercise, reducing the amount of alcohol you drink and stopping smoking. 

Experts recommend:

  • Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables - at least 5 portions a day
  • Eating a diet that includes lots of wholegrain and starchy foods such as bread, rice, potatoes and pasta
  • Having a balanced diet that includes small portions of meat and dairy products and avoids foods high in fat or sugar 
  • Taking regular exercise to help lose weight and maintain a healthy BMI
  • Protecting your skin from sun damage

How is cancer treated?

Each type of cancer has its own set of treatment methods. However, the most common ways to treat cancer are chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Surgery is also used to remove cancerous tissue. 

Where can I find more information on cancer?

Call into the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre at North Manchester General Hospital. It is located between C and D blocks, towards the Galley Restaurant. Open 10am to 3pm (we advise you to ring to check opening hours before making a special journey). Or telephone the centre on 0161 604 5244.

Your GP can also provide information on how to deal with cancer. There are also a number of websites that can provide useful information on how to deal with cancer. 

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