Answer Cancer Partnership

Cancer can have a huge impact on our lives in lots of ways. Whether you or a loved one has received a diagnosis, or you are worried about reducing your risk of cancer, there’s lots of information and support out there.

In 2021, we partnered with Answer Cancer, a charity based in Greater Manchester who work to keep us informed about the signs and symptoms of cancer and encourage us to attend cancer screenings when we need to.

As an Answer Cancer Champion, it’s our job to help spread the word by sharing information, working together to prevent cancer.

Want to know more about cancer?

If you or a loved one has had a recent diagnosis, or if you just want to feel more informed, you might find that learning more about cancer can make you feel overwhelmed. There’s lots to learn so we’ve broken it down for you.

When you are researching signs and symptoms of cancer. Remember that there are over 200 types of cancer which means that there are lots of different symptoms that appear in each of us. It would be impossible to learn every type of symptom so some signs of cancer, like a lump or unexplained pain, are better known than others.

Cancer Research UK list some of the more general cancer symptoms here. It’s important to listen to your body and trust your gut, if something doesn’t feel quite right – it’s best to book an appointment with your GP and get it checked out.

Thousands of lives are saved every year from routine cancer screenings. They involve a healthy person being tested for signs of cancer and can help find and prevent cancer at an early stage. If you are worried about a sign or symptom of cancer, you should not wait for your screening and instead you should book an appointment to have a cancer test.

There are three screening programmes in the UK – Bowel, Breast and Cervical Cancer. Some screenings you can do entirely from the comfort of your own home but others you need to attend your local GP surgery or health clinic.

  • Bowel Cancer screenings are offered to those aged between 60 and 74
  • Breast Cancer screenings are offered to women, some transgender men and some non-binary people aged between 50 and 70.
  • Cervical Cancer screenings, sometimes referred to as a smear test, are offered to women, some transgender men and some non-binary people aged between 25 and 64 in the UK.

In order to be invited to a screening, you must be registered with a GP. Find out more information here.

We can’t prevent cancer entirely, but we can do things to reduce our risk. Cancer can affect anyone, no matter how old you are, but as we are more likely to get cancer as we get older – there are some simply changes you can make in your life now that might lower your chances of getting cancer.

Leading a healthy life is the best way to prevent cancer and you can do this by:

  1. Stop smoking
  2. Drink less alcohol and keep track of what alcohol you consume
  3. Eating healthier by watching what foods and drinks you eat and drink
  4. Being active by finding exercise which keeps you healthy and you enjoy.
  5. Stay safe in the sun by not getting sunburnt, keeping in the shade, and using sun-cream.

There are lots of places where you can find support if you have cancer, or if you are looking after someone who does. The most important thing to remember is to take care of yourself physically and emotionally by taking breaks, eating well, staying active and getting enough sleep. It’s also important to speak to people about how you’re feeling.