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Cancer Awareness and Screening

This is a community facility which deals with cancer awareness and prevention, focusing on signs and symptoms.

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When dealing with a lump anywhere referral should be made straight away to a GP, however if it is a cough you can wait for 3 weeks to see if it will disappear on its own.  For problems with the bowel if it is a change in habit you can wait for the 3 week period, but if someone finds blood in their poo they should be referred to their GP.

Remind people about screening have they missed any screening programmes include:

  • Breast screening is from age 50- 70 invitation finishes at 70 but you can opt back in.
  • Cervical Screening is from age 25-49 3 yearly then from 50- 64 5 yearly.
  • Bowel screening is from age 60-74 in England.
  • AAA (Abdominal, Aortic, Aneurysm screening) 1 screen at 65.


Sun Safety Advice

  • Spend time in the shade between 11-3
  • Use an SPF ( sun protection factor ) of at least 15
  • SPF is an indication which protects against UVB, star rating protects against UVA.
  • Remember it takes about 2 tablespoons of sunscreen to cover the entire body.  Re-apply when necessary, and look for the expiry dates on the back.
  • Use sunscreen as well as clothing, sunglasses, and hats and find shade such as trees, foliage, umbrellas and parasols if necessary.
  • People most at risk of skin cancer are: fair skins | lots of moles and freckles | red or fair hair | have had skin cancer before | a family history of skin cancer
  • You can absorb enough vitamin D without burning the skin; remember repeated sunburn can cause skin cancer.
  • Check your moles, if they change size, shape, colour, itch or bleed see your GP.
  • Skin cancer can be an area of skin called a lesion that does not heal and can become itchy or irritable.
  • Babies 0-6 months should not be in direct sunlight and children should have sunscreen of 30 SPF applied.

For more information visit www.sunsmart.org.uk