World Cancer Day: Spotting the Symptoms

World Cancer Day is a global initiative aimed at raising awareness and improving education about the group of diseases that can start in almost any organ or tissue of the body when abnormal cells grow uncontrollably. With around 375,000 new cancer cases in the UK every year, it is vital to be aware of the symptoms, even if they aren’t very specific.

Spotting cancer at an early stage can save lives. Different types of cancer have various symptoms, and it’s important to know that these can also be caused by completely unrelated things. If you experience any of the symptoms listed below, or any unusual symptoms, it is advised to see your GP as soon as possible.

According to Macmillan, there are several general cancer symptoms that affect the way we eat. One thing to be aware of is having difficulty swallowing, chewing, or feeling that something is stuck in your throat. Another general sign is a loss of appetite. If you don’t feel like eating as much as you normally do, or feel full quickly when you eat, it is recommended to speak to your GP. Additionally, if you experience indigestion or heartburn most days, it is important to seek medical advice.


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