Be clear on cancer

Cancer Prevention

DrBenMoore1In the UK, more than 1 in 2 people will develop cancer at some point in their lives. Every year, more than 350,000 people are diagnosed with the disease. But experts estimate that more than 4 in 10 cancer cases could be prevented, largely through lifestyle changes, such as:

not smoking
keeping a healthy bodyweight
eating a healthy, balanced diet
cutting back on alcohol
enjoying the sun safely
keeping active

Please look at the following websites for further information about preventing cancer:

Cancer Screening Programmes

There are three cancer screening programmes for adults in England, and they save thousands of lives each year.

Breast Screening Programme

Cervical Screening Programme

Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.

All three cancer screening programmes are delivered by the NHS. In Lincolnshire Breast and Bowel Screening is undertaken by United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (ULHT) with Cervical Screening usually undertaken at your local GP Surgery.

Symptom check / warning signs / be clear on cancer

Worried about a symptom you think may be cancer? Knowing the signs of cancer could save your life, the following websites contain information about cancer signs and symptoms.

Seeing your GP

Finding and treating cancer at an early stage can save lives.

Sometimes it can be difficult to know what to expect when you go and see the doctor if you’ve got some symptoms that you’re concerned about. What would usually happen is the doctor will ask you some more questions and try to find out exactly what’s been going on. In some situations they might also do a physical examination to see whether they can tell whether there’s anything significant happening to you. Sometimes they might want to refer you on to some further tests or even perhaps make an appointment for you to see a specialist. But in other situations it might be absolutely fine for them to say to you, ‘well, if this problem that you’ve got doesn’t clear up in a little while come back to me’, because occasionally it can be quite reasonable that the symptoms you’ve got are caused by something else.

If your GP is concerned, they can refer you on the two-week urgent referral pathway for suspected cancer. This two-week urgent referral aims to rule out cancer as quickly as possible.

About nine in ten people referred on the two-week urgent referral pathway in Lincolnshire will NOT have cancer diagnosed.

Sources of support and expert information

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, you’re not alone. The following websites will help you understand what to expect, get information, practical advice and support, hear from experts and read about other people’s experiences.

You can talk to Macmillan on 0808 808 00 00 Monday to Friday between 9am and 8pm.
You can find Macmillan based locally at Lincoln County, Boston Pilgrim & Grantham District Hospitals ( and Grimsby Diana Princess of Wales and Scunthorpe General Hospitals (
You can also find them on twitter:


NHS Choices

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