Detect Cancer Early

Detect Cancer Early

Don't get scared, get checked

Cancer. Dont get scared, get checked

Cancer is the word that most people dread hearing. In fact, it’s the number one fear for Scots ahead of debt, knife crime, Alzheimer’s disease and losing a job.

But the average survival rate for cancer has doubled over the past 30 years and half of all people diagnosed with cancer now survive the disease for at least five years.

The new Detect Cancer Early campaign is set to improve cancer survival rates by increasing the number of Scots diagnosed in the earliest stages of the disease.

If you’re worried about cancer, If you notice any unusual or persistent changes to your body or health, the best person to speak to is your doctor - don’t worry that you might be wasting their time. They want to see you. All you have to do is make an appointment.

Spotting the first signs of cancer

Spotting the first signs of cancer

Here are some of the common signs that are worth getting checked out by your doctor:

  • A new lump which appears or gets bigger, in the breasts, testicles or anywhere else.
  • A sore that doesn't heal up – in the mouth, throat or skin.
  • A mole that changes shape, size or colour.
  • Any growth that appears on the skin and continues to grow.
  • Coughing up blood, or blood in the urine or mixed through stools.
  • Things that refuse to clear up, like a cough that never goes away, or a pain somewhere that won’t settle.
  • A change in the pattern of going the toilet.
  • Unexpected weight loss (that's not because you’ve been on a diet).

Remember that these symptoms don’t necessarily mean you’ve got cancer, but they could indicate that something else is wrong.

Don't just rely on screening

Don't just rely on screening

Regular cancer screening is very important. But, it’s easy to start thinking that this alone is enough. So it’s still important to regularly check yourself and keep and eye out for any changes in your body.

Did you know?

Did you know?

  • Cancer is quite common – more than one in three people will develop the disease during their lifetime.
  • The older you get, the more at risk you are to develop cancer.
  • But twice as many people survive cancer compared to 30 years ago*.

Detect Cancer Early campaign

Click on the links below to hear radio spots featuring Scottish doctors talking about how important it is to Detect Cancer Early

* Source: ISD, Trends in Cancer Survival in Scotland 1971 – 1995; 1983 – 2007.

Cancer types

For information on symptoms, causes, treatments and side effects:

Support Groups

Visit our Support Service Directory to search for local and national organisations that may help with the issues you are facing:

Last updated: 04 November 2013


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