Cancer Awareness

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September Cancer Awareness

September is dedicated to raising awareness for various types of cancers. Throughout this month, events and campaigns are organized to educate the public about prevention, early detection, and treatment options. It is a time when individuals, communities, and organizations come together to support those affected by cancer and promote ongoing research.

To emphasize the significance of September Cancer Awareness, here are a few key points:

  1. Cancer Types: There are numerous types of cancers, including breast, lung, prostate, colon, skin, and leukemia, among others.
  2. Early Detection: Detecting cancer in its early stages greatly increases the chances of successful treatment and improved outcomes.
  3. Prevention: Engaging in healthy lifestyle choices, such as maintaining a balanced diet, regular exercise, and avoiding tobacco and excessive sun exposure, can help reduce the risk of certain cancers.
  4. Support: Various organizations offer information, resources, and support services for individuals and families affected by cancer.
  5. Research: Ongoing research is essential for developing new treatments, improving existing therapies, and ultimately finding a cure for cancer.

“Together, let’s stand up against cancer and strive for a world free from this devastating disease.”

For more information about September Cancer Awareness and how you can get involved, please visit

Stay safe in the sun this summer

Stay safe in the sun this summer. Make sure to protect your skin by using sunscreen with high UVA protection of at least SPF 30. Remember to apply it every two hours while out in the sun. #SunSafety

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Breast cancer

Watch and learn as @Liz_ORiordan shows us how to check our breasts properly. Who better to show us than a breast consultant who has had breast cancer herself. Thank you Liz.

Don’t let the thought of cancer play on your mind

Don’t carry the worry of cancer with you, if something in your body doesn’t feel right contact your GP practice.

Free lung health check

If you’re aged 55-74, have ever smoked and are invited for a free lung health check, book today – even if you feel fine. It’s best to check. Early diagnosis saves lives.

Urological cancers

Urological cancers include bladder, prostate, kidney, testicular and penile cancer. Symptoms can include:

  • Difficulty and/or pain when passing urine
  • Blood in the urine
  • A need to pass urine more frequently
  • A swelling or lump
  • Fevers and night sweats
  • Tiredness
  • Unexplained weight loss

If you have a problem peeing then you need seeing. Don’t delay speaking to your GP if you are worried about possible signs of cancer. Find out more:


Bowel cancer 

The most common type of bowel cancer affects the large bowel which includes the colon and back passage, also known as colorectal cancer. In the UK the disease mostly affects people over the age of 50, but your risk could be higher if you have a family history of the disease, you have a genetic condition or an existing bowel condition such as colitis. 

Half of all bowel cancers could be prevented by lowering your risk – not smoking, cutting down on alcohol and eating a varied diet rich in fruit, vegetables and fibre. For more advice visit


Quit smoking

Sue is a smoking survivor from the North East, diagnosed with throat cancer aged 48. She is encouraging thousands more people to quit as part of a major new campaign from @FreshSmokeFree. Put smoking behind you and make a fresh quit! Find tips and support at

Thyroid cancer 

Thyroid cancer is not a common cancer and has an 80-90% cure rate. For help and support on your treatment journey visit #ThyroidCancerAwareness 


Prostate cancer

If you need to pee more often, have difficulty starting to pee, blood in your pee or a weak flow, see your GP as these symptoms could be an indication of prostate cancer. Check the severity of your symptoms with the @prostatescot symptom checker ➡️



Be skin savvy and know what to look out for. Use the ABCDE’F’ checklist from @focusonmelanoma to help you spot the signs of possible skin cancer. #SkinCancerAwareness

Get active

Now is the perfect time to get active. When you move more you not only give your body a boost, reducing the risk of serious illness, but you give your mood a lift too. Find ways to get moving at

Eat well

A high intake of salt and salted foods is linked with an increased risk of stomach cancer. Our intake of salt should be less than 6g (2.4g sodium) a day. Three-quarters of the salt we eat is already in everyday foods such as bread, ham and bacon, sauces, gravies and ready meals so check the salt content on food labels before you buy. Or better still, try cooking from fresh and flavour your meals with delicious herbs and spices instead.

Childhood cancer 

Symptoms of childhood cancer are often the same as many childhood illnesses and viruses. Children bounce back quickly from being poorly, so if your child doesn’t contact your GP. There are lots of general symptoms, which include:

Feeling tired all of the time
Lots of ear, throat or chest infections
Bruising easily or a rash of small red spots
Change in behaviour 
Aches and pains

Find out more here 👉 #ChildhoodCancerAwarenessMonth@CCLG_UK

Gynaecological cancers 

There are over 22,000 new cases of gynaecological cancers diagnosed every year in the UK, be that womb, ovarian, cervical, vulval or vaginal. It’s important to recognise the symptoms as an earlier diagnosis means a better outcome. The @eveappeal explain what to look out for 👇 👇 


Dying matters

Nobody wants to hear the words cancer and terminal, but it’s important to talk about death with loved ones and in the workplace. @DyingMatters can help you start the conversation 👉 @DyingMatters #DyingMatters

Oesophageal cancer 

Age is a risk factor in developing cancer of the oesophagus with roughly 40 in every 100 cases in people over 75. Other risk factors include smoking and drinking too much. Cutting down or quitting altogether reduces your risk. Find out more from @CR_UK by visiting #OesophagealCancerAwareness


Sleep. We all need it, but most of us don’t get enough of it and it’s crucial for good physical, mental and emotional health. Your quality of sleep is more important that how many hours you get. More on the importance of sleep 👉  @TheSleepCharity

Pancreatic cancer

There are several factors that increase your risk of developing #PancreaticCancer, including smoking. If you quit now, your risk could be reduced to that of a non-smoker after you stop for 5 years or more. More information is available from Pancreatic Cancer Action here


Alcohol intake

Cutting back on alcohol is not only good for your general health – and your wallet! – but reduces the risk of 7 different types of cancer. If you can’t give up completely, know your units! For more information visit @CR_UK

Ovarian cancer

Do you know the symptoms of ovarian cancer? The main symptoms are bloated tummy, always feeling full, tummy pain and needing to wee more. Contact your GP if you’re worried. Early diagnosis helps save lives. @TargetOvarian
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Fatigue is the most common symptom experienced by leukaemia patients. It is described as an overwhelming exhaustion that disrupts your daily activities. It may not be cancer but a simple blood test carried out at your GP practice is key to diagnosing leukaemia early. Read more at @LeukUK @LeukaemiaCareUK #SpotLeukaemia