Home Health We can beat ‘it’ together

We can beat ‘it’ together

by Laura Johnston

Knowsley’s It public health campaign has been encouraging people to talk about it, find out more about it and take positive action to prevent it. It of course is cancer.

‘It’ aims to encourage people to understand the importance of getting checked out early as this can reduce the likelihood of developing cancer.

Survival rates have doubled in the past 40 years

It has found one in five people living in Knowsley still regard a cancer diagnosis as a death sentence and are uncomfortable talking about it.

The campaign aims to change minds, so we no longer let it get the better of us.

Let’s beat it

We can make a big difference by getting any symptoms checked-out early, attending screening appointments when invited and making small lifestyle changes, such as getting more physically active, eating a healthier diet, cutting down on alcohol, stopping smoking and staying safe in the sun.

Believe it or not, over half of people in Knowsley didn’t return their bowel screening kit and around one in three women didn’t attend for breast screening in recent years. These simple actions can save lives.

The earlier cancer is diagnosed, the better the outlook.

Cancer symptoms

There are many different types of cancer and each one has different symptoms.

Some of the more common symptoms include:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Skin changes e.g. a mole changing size or shape
  • Unusual bleeding
  • An unexplained lump
  • A cough or hoarseness or sore throat for three weeks or more
  • Pain in the abdomen (or stomach) that has lasted more than a few weeks
  • A change in usual bowel habits or persistent bloating
  • Getting out of breath doing everyday things that you used to be able to do

If you think something’s not right, don’t ignore it – talk to someone you trust and your GP or nurse.

More information about the symptoms of cancer is available from NHS Choices or Cancer Research UK.

More information

Find out more about the campaign by following it @itknowsley on Twitter or liking the It Knowsley Facebook page.

You can also keep up-to-date with health and wellbeing news by following @healthyknowsley on Twitter.