Helen Addis and Deborah James spread their lifesaving message this World Cancer Day
Half of us will develop cancer in our lifetime, but early detection saves lives. Helen Addis, creator of our breast cancer awareness campaign Change and Check, and Deborah James, who is currently cancer free after being diagnosed with bowel cancer three years ago, are spreading their lifesaving message this World Cancer Day.
Dr Hilary shares some key signs and symptoms to look out for:- Unusual lumps or bumps- Unexplained weight loss- New or changing moles- Unexplained bruising- Passing blood when you go to the toilet or changing bowel habits- Coughing blood or a cough lasting longer than 3 weeks- Bleeding between periods or after the menopause
Remember, if you notice anything unusual about your body please visit your GP.
If you've been affected by cancer, please access support below:
NHS ChoicesCancerComprehensive overview to cancer with extensive links to specific conditions.
MacMillan Cancer CareHelpline: 0808 808 00 00 to talk to a cancer nursewww.macmillan.org.ukWe are a source of support, helping with all the things that people affected by cancer want and need. It's not only patients who live with cancer, we also help carers, families and communities. We guide people through the system, supporting them every step of the way. If you have any questions about cancer, need support, or if you just want someone to talk to, call the free helpline.
Cancer Support UKwww.cancersupportuk.orgCancer Support UK provides practical and emotional support to people living with cancer, both during and after the treatment period. We support people with all kinds of cancer across the UK.
Shine Cancer Supportwww.shinecancersupport.co.ukOur vision is that every adult in the UK diagnosed with cancer in their 20s, 30s or 40s can access the help and support that they need in a way that suits their lifestyle, and are a part of a confident, supportive and empowered community of young adults with cancer. Our mission is to provide tailored information and peer support for anyone diagnosed with any cancer in their 20s, 30s or 40s through a range of activities.
Ellie’s Friendswww.elliesfriends.orgEllie’s Friends is an online platform that enables adults living with cancer to access free and discounted services or products in their area. Our goal is to give adults living with cancer the opportunity to enjoy life, not just survive it! Equally importantly, we understand that there are already a huge number of amazing charities and support groups that provide vital services for adults living with cancer. However, it is often the case that people don’t know where to find these services. By enabling people to search for services by postcode Ellie’s Friends acts as a central directory for cancer charities that offer services to adults living with cancer.
Clic SargentChild Cancer Helpline: 0300 330 0803www.clicsargent.org.ukEvery day 10 families are told their child has cancer. As the UK's leading children's cancer charity, CLIC Sargent is the only organisation to offer them all round care and support. That’s because we’re there every step of the way.
Children with Cancer UKTel: 020 7404 0808www.childrenwithcancer.org.uk Children with Cancer UK is the leading national children's charity dedicated to the fight against all childhood cancers.
Teenage Cancer TrustTel: 020 7612 0370www.teenagecancertrust.orgAround six young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. They need expert treatment and support from the moment they hear the word ‘cancer.’ We’re the only charity dedicated to making this happen. We bring young people together so they can be treated together, by teenage cancer experts, in the best place for them.
Breast Cancer CareHelpline: 0808 800 6000www.breastcancercare.org.uk Offers information and support to women and men who have or fear they may have breast cancer, and their families and friends. A range of publications including booklets and factsheets on all aspects of breast cancer are available free on the website, as well as a free confidential helpline run by specially trained nurses.
OvacomeHelpline: 0800 008 7054www.ovacome.org.ukOvacome is the national UK ovarian cancer charity focused on providing support to anyone affected by ovarian cancer. This includes women who have either been diagnosed with the disease or think that they might be at risk, as well as their friends and family and healthcare professionals. We are a strong community of many thousands of people, all working together with the aim of reducing isolation, sharing information, promoting knowledge and supporting anyone affected by ovarian cancer.
Prostate Cancer UKHelpline: Freephone 0800 074 8383www.prostatecanceruk.org Prostate Cancer UK fights to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. It supports men and provides vital information. It finds answers by funding research into causes and treatments. And it leads change, raising the profile of the disease and improving care. Prostate Cancer UK Specialist Nurses are available to speak to anyone with concerns about prostate cancer or prostate problems.
OrchidNational Male Cancer Helpline: 0808 802 0010www.orchid-cancer.org.ukOrchid exists to save men's lives from testicular, prostate and penile cancers through pioneering research and promoting awareness. Over 37,400 men will be diagnosed with a male-specific cancer in 2011; from sons to grandfathers all men face the risk of prostate, penile or testicular cancer. Orchid plays a leading role in the fight against male cancer through research and awareness and by supporting patients. Be male cancer aware! Our website has all the latest information, so please don't delay in getting 'checked out' by a GP if you are concerned.
Maggie’s CentresTel: 0300 123 1801www.maggiescentres.orgMaggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends, following the ideas about cancer care originally laid out by Maggie Keswick Jencks. Built in the grounds of NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are places with professional staff on hand to offer the support people need. Our Centres are places to find practical advice about benefits and eating well; places where qualified experts provide emotional support; places to meet other people; places where you can simply sit quietly with a cup of tea.