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HEALTHY KNOWSLEY By Dr Sarah McNulty, Acting Director of Public Health

BE CANCER AWARE AND GET SCREENED

Many of you will have been affected by cancer at some point in your life - it could be yourself or someone you know who has been diagnosed with cancer.

Cancer screening aims to detect the disease before symptoms appear and can saves lives, so whilst we all lead busy lives, attending a screening appointment when invited, is a priority. Screening includes:-

Cervical screening - offered to women aged 25-49 years every three years and every five years for those aged 50-64 years to detect changes to the cells of the cervix for any abnormalities that, if left untreated, may develop into cervical cancer.

Breast screening - offered to women aged 50-70 years every three years to help find breast cancers early, when they are too small to see or feel.  Women over 70 years can still be screened and can make an appointment through their GP surgery.

Bowel screening - offered to men and women aged 60-74 years every two years to check for bowel cancer or abnormalities before they become cancer. A home-testing kit will be sent out to you. Bowel scope screening is being rolled out to all men and women in England aged 55 years. This is a one-off test done to look for and remove any small growths called polyps, which if not removed, could eventually turn into cancer.

Of course screening cannot detect all cancers so it's also vital that if you are worried, then ask. Finding it early makes it more treatable so don't ignore it, tell your doctor. Some of the symptoms include:-
• Unexplained weight loss
• Skin changes - a mole changing size or shape
• Unusual bleeding, including coughing up blood
• Unexplained lump
• A cough or hoarseness or sore throat for three weeks 
   or more
• Stomach pain that has lasted more than a few weeks
• Change in usual bowel habits or persistent bloating
• Getting out of breath more easily

For further information visit www.cancerresearchuk.org

Posted by on April 4th, 2019

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