NOVEMBER 2023 IS PANCREATIC CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
November is #PancreaticCancerAwarenessMonth. Symptoms can often come and go to begin with, so keeping a diary could help you talk to your doctor. Find out more from
REDUCE YOUR BREAST CANCER RISK
Breast cancer is a complex disease with multiple risk factors some of which we can control, others we can’t. However the choices we make in our daily lives can influence our level of risk. From the things you eat to the chemicals you expose yourself to, all of these can help you figure out whether you’re at higher or lower risk of the disease. Take the Prevention Quiz from @BreastCancer_UK to get your personal action plan 👉 bit.ly/398CWfN
MAY 2023 - SKIN CANCER
Stay safe in the sun this summer. Protect your skin. #SkinCancerAwarenessMonth
❓ Is it new?
❓ Has it changed?
❓ Is it not going away?
❓ Does it look odd?
If you’re worried about any moles or lesions, speak to your GP. @focusonmelanoma
MAY 2022 - SKIN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
ABCD-Easy guide to checking your moles
There are three types of skin cancer, and all look different. The following ABCD-Easy rules show you a few changes that might indicate a 'melanoma', which is the deadliest form of skin cancer.
As skin cancers vary, you should tell your doctor about any changes to your skin, even if they are not similar to those mentioned here.
Remember - if in doubt, check it out! If your GP is concerned about your skin, make sure you see a Consultant Dermatologist, the most expert person to diagnose a skin cancer. Your GP can refer you via the NHS.
Asymmetry - the two halves of the area may differ in shape
Border - the edges of the area may be irregular or blurred, and sometimes show notches
Colour - this may be uneven. Different shades of black, brown and pink may be seen
Diameter - most melanomas are at least 6mm in diameter. Report any change in size, shape or diameter to your doctor
Expert - if in doubt, check it out! If your GP is concerned about your skin, make sure you see a Consultant Dermatologist, the most expert person to diagnose a skin cancer. Your GP can refer you via the NHS
APRIL 2022 - BOWEL CANCER
Bowel cancer is very treatable but the earlier it’s diagnosed, the easier it is to treat. People whose cancer is diagnosed at an early stage have a much higher chance of successful treatment than those whose cancer has become more widespread.
If you have any symptoms, don’t be embarrassed and don’t ignore them. Doctors are used to seeing lots of people with bowel problems.
The symptoms of bowel cancer can include:
- Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
- A persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit
- Unexplained weight loss
- Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
- A pain or lump in your tummy
Most people with these symptoms don’t have bowel cancer. Other health problems can cause similar symptoms. But if you have one or more of these, or if things just don’t feel right, go to see your GP.
Sometimes, a tumour can block the bowel, causing sudden strong pains in the stomach area, bloating and feeling or being sick. This is called a bowel obstruction. You may also be unable to empty your bowels or pass wind. If you think you have a blocked bowel, see your GP straight away or go to a hospital accident and emergency department.
For more information please click on the following link: https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/about-bowel-cancer/symptoms/