What You Need to About Cancer Symptoms & Scheduling a Cancer Screening
The following short, three-word sentence is one of the scariest a person can ever hear – “You have cancer.”
Those three words can take your breath away and leave you shaken to your very core – and with good reason, look at these statistics from the World Health Organization:
● Cancers figure among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with an average of 14 million new cases and 8.2 million cancer related deaths each year
● It is expected that annual cancer cases will rise from 14 million to 22 million within the next 2 decades
Here in the UK the National Health Service (NHS) offers three cancer screenings:
● Breast screening – Women in England who are aged from 50 to their 71st birthday are automatically invited for screening every 3 years.
● Bowel cancer screening – there are two types of screenings: 1) A home testing kit is offered to men and women ages 60 to 74. 2) Bowel scope screening (which uses a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera on the end to look at the large bowel) is offered to men and women beginning at age 55 in some parts of England.
● Cervical screening – This screening is offered to women ages 25 to 64. It is offered every 3 years for those aged 26 to 49, and every 5 years from the ages of 50 to 64.
Call us or visit our website to register so we can have more discussion about your concerns.
If you are concerned about having one of the cancers mentioned above, here are 15 common symptoms to watch for:
1. Persistent cough
2. Change in bowel habits
3. Blood in the stool
4. Breast lump
5. Lumps in the testicles
6. Change in urination
7. Blood in the urine
8. Persistent lumps or swollen glands
9. Obvious change in a wart or mole
10. Indigestion or difficulty swallowing
11. Vaginal bleeding or discharge
12. Unexpected weight loss, night sweats or fever
13. Nonhealing sores
15. Back pain, pelvic pain, bloating
Registering with the Connaught Square General Practice...
To discuss cancer symptoms and screening with a qualified GP, click here and complete the two online forms.
Alternatively, you can visit us at 41 Connaught Square, London W2 2HL and complete the two necessary forms in person.
(We are open 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday; 8am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday.)
With the paperwork complete, your registration takes less than 24 hours to complete.