1 in 2 people in the UK born after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime. 4 in 10 (42%) of cancer cases in the UK each year are linked to lifestyle factors with smoking being the largest single preventable cause of cancer each year. Cancer Research UK have produced a number of cancer statistics on their website.
If you display symptoms which may be caused by cancer, your GP will ask for you to have an urgent hospital appointment or test within two weeks. Whilst it is unlikely that you have cancer, it is very important that you are seen by a specialist as soon as possible.
The two week appointment system was introduced across the country so that patients with cancer symptoms could be seen by a specialist quickly. The majority of patients referred under this system turn out NOT to be diagnosed with cancer, but early diagnosis can increase the success rate of many cancer treatments.
A leaflet given to those who are referred under the system can be read by clicking here.
There are a number of awareness campaigns to help people understand the signs and symptoms of cancer so you can get medical advice as soon as possible. More information on a range of cancers, campaigns and support groups can be found in this section of the website.
Be Clear On Cancer
Public Health England is running a national 'Be Clear on Cancer' campaign from 14 July to 16 October 2016.
This campaign focuses on the symptoms of a persistent cough and inappropriate breathlessness. More information on the symptoms of cancer can be found on the Be Clear on Cancer website.