Cancer is a Cancer.pngcondition where cells reproduce uncontrollably in the body, damaging and destroying healthy organ tissue. Without treatment, cancer can spread throughout the body, causing irreparable damage and death. Cancer is a common condition that affects 1 in every 2 people in a lifetime. Fortunately, due to ongoing research, chances of survival have doubled in the past 40 years.

There are over 200 forms of cancer, and each one will present differently. Still, some general symptoms include: a cough that won’t go away, unusual changes in the body like differing bowel movements or a difference in the shape of your breasts, unexplained vaginal bleeding or blood in your poo or wee, persistent heartburn, indigestion and bloating, night sweats, fatigue, and unusual swelling anywhere on the body.

In the UK, we have three screening programmes for cancer: one for bowel cancer, one for breast cancer, and one for cervical cancer. However, it is crucial to be aware of changes in your body and seek medical advice if you have any concerns.

Some cancers can be effectively prevented through lifestyle choices like quitting smoking, but many are not preventable. If you are diagnosed with cancer, a range of treatments are available, including chemotherapy and surgery to remove cancerous tissue (tumours).

If you have cancer or are concerned about the risks, the charities in this section can provide you with the best quality information that we have on the various forms of cancer, treatment options, symptoms, and the latest research.

National Resources

Blood Cancer UK

Breast Cancer Now

Cancer Research

Childhood Cancer Parents Alliance

Macmillan Cancer Support

Marie Curie

Teenage Cancer Trust

Donate via Anthony Nolan: Blood Stem Cells and Bone Marrow to people with blood cancer.

Little Princess Trust: Free real-hair Wigs for children suffering hair loss from Cancer Treatment.

Cancer NHS

Local Resources and Projects

The Macmillian Butterfly Centre at Epsom Hospital

Cancer Active Support Groups 

The London Cancer Hub

Cancer Information Centres in Epsom and St Helier hospitals (Pdf) 

The Cancer Patient and Carer Forum (Pdf) 

Acessing Macmillian Citizens Advice(Pdf)


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