World Cancer Day; I felt I could not let it pass without contributing in a small way in raising awareness.
I am sure Cancer has or will touch most of our lives in some way or another, and it can have life changing and devastating consequences. It's true to say that some Cancers are beyond our control, but there are health measures and screenings that can reduce and eliminate some of the risks.
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Reducing the Risk
In England we are lucky enough to get health screenings; we can access them at differing age groups. Make sure you are going for the screenings.
Cervical smear test. From the age of 25 to 64 you are offered this service, don't miss yours. If you have any abnormal bleeding or anything unusual then get it checked out. Cervical Smear
Breast screening. From the age of 50 to 70 (NHS is phasing in starting screening at 47) but again any age notice anything unusual, lumps, puckering, discharge go get it checked out. Breast Screening
Bowel cancer screening. From 60 to 74. Notice any changes, blood in your stools go get it checked out. Bowel Cancer Screening
It's recommended teenage girls have the HPV (cervical cancer) vaccine. HPV Vaccine
As I write this I am thinking of the UK's National Health Service and how it gets a good bashing for its long waiting times-over worked staff-big queues, but I am realising that compared to many parts of the world, how truly thankful I am to be in a position to get health care.
Know Your Body
So if you have...
A lump anywhere on your body.
Changes on your skin or to an existing mole.
Cough or hoarseness that last for more than 3 weeks.
A change in bowel habits that lasts for more than 6 weeks.
Abnormal bleeding from your vagina, back passage, urine or in your vomit.
Unexplained weight lose.
Coughing up blood.
GO SEE DOCTOR, NURSE, HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL... DON'T WAIT!
I am writing this blog to help raise awareness, early intervention can be crucial KNOW YOUR BODY! All the links are for your information only. I am not a healthcare professional, all the information has been gathered from the above links.
Look After Yourself