Worried about a symptom you think may be cancer? Tell your doctor.
Spotting signs of cancer
Changes to your body's normal processes or unusual, unexplained symptoms can sometimes be an early sign of cancer.
Symptoms that need to be checked by a doctor include:
- a lump that suddenly appears on your body
- unexplained bleeding
- changes to your bowel habits
But in many cases your symptoms won't be related to cancer and will be caused by other, non-cancerous health conditions.
Read more about the signs and symptoms of cancer on the NHS Choices website >>
Reducing your risk of cancer
Making some simple changes to your lifestyle can significantly reduce your risk of developing cancer.
Cancer Screening Programmes
There are three cancer screening programmes for adults in England, and they save thousands of lives each year.
‘Breast Screening – Helping Women Decide’ leaflets in different languages. This is a 16-page leaflet, available in different languages, explaining the NHS breast screening programme to help eligible women make an informed choice about whether or not to participate.
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
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.
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.
The following leaflet explains a bit more about your referral, what to expect and why it’s important to attend. Let's Rule Out Cancer Leaflets (various languages)
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.
- Macmillan https://www.macmillan.org.uk
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 (https://www.ulh.nhs.uk/services/macmillan/) and Grimsby Diana Princess of Wales and Scunthorpe General Hospitals (http://www.nlg.nhs.uk/services/macmillan-information-centres/)
Would you like to make a difference to cancer services?
Become a new patient and carer representatives and join the National Peer Review Programme in England. To find out more and fill in an application form click here