One in two people will sadly get cancer in their lifetime. It is therefore important we raise as much awareness as possible in order that we can recognise signs and symptoms promptly. November serves as a key month in our collective efforts to heighten awareness with a focus on lung, pancreatic and mouth cancer.
Lung cancer is the third most common type of cancer in the UK. Symptoms to look out for include but are not limited to a cough that is 3 weeks old or more, changes to a persistent cough, coughing up blood, a hoarse voice, breathlessness and / or frequent chest infections.
Pancreatic cancer has one of the highest levels of mortality. Symptoms of pancreatic cancer include but are not limited to abdominal pain, loss of weight or appetite, a change in bowel habits and / or jaundice.
Mouth cancer is less common but there are still over 8000 new cases diagnosed every year with over 3000 lives lost. Many people lack awareness about the symptoms of mouth cancer which include but are not limited to a chronic sore throat or hoarseness, difficulty swallowing or chewing, numbness within the mouth or on the tongue, a lump or swelling anywhere in the mouth, jaw or neck and / or an ulcer that does not heal within 3 weeks.
If you experience any of the above symptoms you should contact your GP as soon as possible.
Early recognition of signs and symptoms together followed by a prompt diagnosis and treatment are key to maximising the chance of a swift recovery and provide the best chance of a cure.
Unfortunately not everyone receives a prompt diagnosis and treatment and in some instances that may be because a doctor or clinician has failed to provide them with the appropriate standard of medical care.
Find out more in our other articles:
- Cancer Misdiagnosis Has Left A 15-Year-Old Girl with Only Months to Live.
- NHS Cancer Waiting Times Targets Missed
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