There is a new national strategy for cancer which was published in July 2015. This strategy will form the basis for our framework of our approach to improving cancer care in Great Yarmouth and Waveney. This strategy can be found here
The government has also described how different types of cancer care should be provided. These sets of cancer care national guidance can be found on the National Clinical Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) website.
How can I be checked out for cancer?
The following symptoms can be caused by cancer, but they can also be caused by many less serious illnesses:
- A lump somewhere on your body.
- Changes in a mole on your skin.
- A persistent unexplained cough or hoarseness that won't go away (for 3 weeks of more).
- Coughing up blood.
- A change in bowel or bladder habits.
- Difficulty in swallowing or continuing indigestion.
- Any abnormal bleeding, eg from the bowel, vagina, in your urine etc.
- A sore or ulcer that won’t heal.
- Significant, unexplained weight loss.
- Unexplained pain.
- Feeling very tired all the time.
- Skin changes.
- Nipple changes.
- Unexplained night sweats.
If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your GP for a check-up. As there are over 200 different types of cancer it isn’t possible to list all the symptoms that could be caused by every one of them. Symptoms can also vary between people. This may be because of where it is in the body, or because it is pressing on nearby areas or nerves. If you have a symptom that we haven’t included here and it hasn’t gone away after a few weeks, go to see your GP. Be Clear on Cancer information has been published in Easy Read versions about:
If your GP thinks that your symptoms may indicate cancer they will ask for you to have an urgent hospital appointment within two weeks. Find out more about the 'two week' appointment system.
Further information about the signs and symptoms of cancer can be found at the Cancer Research UK website. Cancer Research UK also run a telephone helpline 0808 8004040 which is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
There are hundreds of different types of cancer, and research suggests that between 30% and 50% of all cancer cases could be classified as ‘rarer’. They fall outside the more common and highly publicised cancers such as colon, breast, lung and prostate. For further information and support visit the Rarer Cancers Foundation website or call their helpline 0800 3345551 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cancer is not usually inherited, but some types – mainly breast, ovarian, colorectal and prostate cancer – can be strongly influenced by genes and can run in families.
If you are concerned that you may have cancer it can be a stressful time, you can discuss your concerns with your GP or via the Macmillan Cancer Support telephone helpline where you can speak to a cancer nurse about your concerns: 0808 8080000. This service is open Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm. The Macmillan Cancer Support website also has lots of useful information about different types of cancer and their treatment and how to support someone with a cancer diagnosis. They also have a list of all the cancer support groups across the country.
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More about cancer
The CCG is part of the East of England Strategic Clinical Network for Cancer and the the East of England Cancer Alliance see more.
For some great cancer related resources including leaflets and posters see here.