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HEALTHY KNOWSLEY with Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Knowsley and Sefton

TOGETHER WE CAN HELP TO COMBAT THIS HORRIBLE DISEASE

In Knowsley, early diagnosis of cancer in any form is a priority for me.

Many of us have been affected by cancer either directly, or indirectly. By ensuring residents know the signs and symptoms, attend screening appointments when invited, return bowel cancer kits and advising their doctor of any relevant family history, together we can help to combat this horrible disease.

This month, I am supporting Public Health England's national 'Be Clear on Cancer' campaign, focusing on breast cancer and targeting women aged 70 or over.

Nationally, one in three women who are diagnosed with breast cancer are aged 70 or over, yet they often think that it does not affect them. Breast screening takes place every three years for women aged between 50 and 70 so if you receive an appointment, please go along.

If you're over 70, you can ask for a free screening every three years - ask your GP.

Most women are aware to look out for a lump, but other signs include pain, changes to the skin, shape, size or feel of the breast. Make an appointment to see your GP if your notice any of these changes. If breast cancer is diagnosed early, it is more likely to be treated successfully. To find out more, visit www.nhs.uk/breastcancer70

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with around one in eight men getting prostate cancer at some point in their lives and your risk increases with age.

Most men with early prostate cancer don't have any signs or symptoms. Symptoms often only become apparent when your prostate is large enough to affect the urethra and you may start to notice things like an increased need to urinate, straining while urinating, dribbling after you finish urinating and feeling that your bladder has not fully emptied.

These symptoms shouldn’t be ignored and could be caused by a non-cancerous problem called an enlarged prostate. If you notice any of these symptoms, visit your GP.  

Further information is available at www.prostatecanceruk.org

Posted by Matthew Ashton on March 7th, 2018

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