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Worried about cancer?

Many people do worry about getting cancer. Sometimes this worry comes about when you see public campaigns and TV advertising, or sometimes when you hear news that a family member or close friend has cancer. 

What is cancer?

Cancer is a disease caused by normal cells changing so that they grow in an uncontrolled way. The uncontrolled growth causes a lump called a tumour to form. There are over 200 different types of cancer because there are over 200 different types of body cells. For more information, click here to visit the Cancer Research UK website.

There is lots of information and support available if you are concerned about cancer. The best support for you depends on what aspect you are most worried about.

Is it because there is a history of cancer in the family?

Many people think that because they have one or two relatives with cancer, this means a cancer gene is present in their family. But this is not usually the case. Visit this page below to find out about cancer genes and family history.
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Is it because you have a friend who has recently been diagnosed?

We don't know exactly what causes any particular cancer but we do know some of the risk factors for cancer.

The main things are to stay healthy, know your body and be aware of any changes. Attend for screening when you are invited and check in to see your GP as soon as possible if you notice any changes or symptoms.
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What we do know is that “About 1 in 4 cancers diagnosed in the UK (25%) could be avoided if people made changes to their lifestyles”.
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If you need information about specific cancers then visit the Cancer Research UK website and choose from the list of cancer types.

Is it because you have some signs and symptoms?

Go and see your GP and discuss the signs or symptoms with them. They will examine you and decide whether you may need further examination.

They may also be able to put your mind at rest and stop you worrying. The sooner you get checked out the better the chance of catching the cancer earlier.

Or is it that you generally can't stop worrying?

If you are generally concerned and worrying about your risk of getting cancer then you may find it helpful to speak to a counsellor. Your GP will be able to put you in touch with someone locally. The organisation MIND has produced a leaflet about how to stop worrying which you may also find useful.
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Additional Information

For more information about cancer you may find these sites helpful:

For information about local cancer support groups click here.

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