Spotting cancer

Cancer is a disease caused when abnormal cells divide uncontrollably and can occur in any part of the body and invade nearby tissue or spread to other parts of the body.

Cancer is a cause of distress, anxiety, illness and death for many people and their families every year, however, many cancers are preventable or treatable if picked up early.

One in three people will be affected by cancer at some stage in their life. There are many different types of cancer and this page doesn’t cover them all, but the general information will help you to access further information and support.

The links below are to help advise on lifestyle choices to prevent cancer, but also provide further information on possible symptoms of concern that you should see a GP about. There is also information on the NHS screening programmes and resources if you have been diagnosed with cancer.

Participating in screening programmes and presenting early with symptoms helps with early diagnosis and better outcomes.

Macmillan Cancer Support – The cancer line and how it can help

There are videos available Macmillan and the support they offer on the Macmillan Video Site

There is further information and educational videos on the Cancer Research UK Video Site

Useful Links

Cancer – Healthtalkonline
Healthtalkonline, an award-winning charity website, lets you share in other people’s experiences of health and illness. An excellent resource compiled after interviewing a wide range of people suffering from heart disease.

Cancer Overview 
An excellent resource with useful video, audio, images and references relating to differing forms of Cancer, the causes & treatments.

Cancer help
Free information service provided by Cancer Research UK about cancer and cancer care for people with cancer and their families. Information is formatted in such a way that makes understanding the website an easy process

Macmillan Cancer Support 
Europe’s leading cancer information charity, with over 4,500 pages of up-to-date cancer information, practical advice and support for cancer patients, their families and carers.

Further information about symptoms, treatment, causes and prevention of Cancer

Cancer Prevention:

Can cancer be prevented? | Cancer Research UK

Causes of Cancer | Cancer Research UK


Breast cancer screening – NHS (

Bowel cancer screening – NHS (

Cervical screening – NHS (

Information | Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust (

Screening – Macmillan Cancer Support

Screening for cancer | Cancer Research UK

Symptoms of Concern:

Worried about cancer? Cancer signs and symptoms – Macmillan Cancer Support

Signs and symptoms of cancer | Cancer Research UK

Further Support:

Cancer information and support – Macmillan Cancer Support

About Cancer | Cancer Research UK

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These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

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