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Early Awareness – signs and symptoms

Be cancer aware

Being aware of general signs and symptoms of cancer is important. It can help in earlier detection and treatment. It is important to talk to your doctor if you have any of signs and symptoms.  Do not feel that you are wasting your doctors time.  If your symptoms are not serious, your mind will be put at ease but if it is cancer, early diagnosis can make all the difference. The sooner cancer is detected, the better the chances of successful treatment. The  ‘Be Cancer Aware’ website provided by PHA provides information on signs and symptoms .

A note about searching signs and symptoms online – an online search for a condition such as cancer can bring up thousands of results. A lot of these results are not based on evidence and are not reliable. There are also tips to help you find reliable and accurate health information online on the Be Cancer Aware website.

New early awareness campaign in Northern Ireland- ‘Spot Cancer Early’

CRUK in partnership with NICaN and PHA launched a new early diagnosis campaign in Northern Ireland to encourage those most at risk of cancer to present to their GP with potential signs or symptoms of cancer.  The campaign will support the Department of Health’s NI Cancer Strategy and has been funded by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland through the DoH Cancer Charities Fund.

For more information –  Cancer Early Diagnosis and Detection In Northern Ireland | Cancer Research UK.
On this page you will find information about:

• The importance of early diagnosis and talking to your doctor
• Cancer signs and symptoms
• Personal cancer stories
• Why the receptionist may ask you questions about your health
• How to register with your local GP practice and get an appointment
• Cancer screening
• Reducing your cancer risk