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World Cancer Day – 4th February 2023

4th February 2023 was World Cancer Day. The Medical Negligence team at Bridge McFarland LLP would like to share information about cancer to increase awareness of the condition and key symptoms to look out for.

What is cancer?

The National Cancer Institute states cancer is a disease in which some of the body’s cells grow uncontrollably and spread to other parts of the body. They explain how cancer can start almost anywhere in the body, which is made up of trillions of cells and is caused by changes to DNA.

World Cancer Day’s website highlights cancer as the second leading cause of death worldwide, and almost 1/3 of all deaths related to cancer could be prevented through routine screening, early detection, and treatment.

What are symptoms of cancer?

There are over 200 different types of cancer, including breast cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, and skin cancer. Therefore, there will be some symptoms which are specific to a particular type of cancer. Cancer Research UK have provided some possible general symptoms to look out for, including:

  • Very heavy night sweats or fever
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained bleeding or bruising
  • Unexplained ache or pain
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Unusual lump or swelling anywhere

If you notice any unusual changes or something that will not go away, the advice from Cancer Research UK is to seek advice from your doctor. They explain that signs and symptoms are more often caused by something less serious than cancer, but if it is cancer, spotting it early could make a real difference.

How can I reduce my risk of getting cancer?

Cancer Research UK also provide some helpful ways in which you can reduce your risk of getting cancer, including:

  • A healthy balanced diet
  • Keeping a healthy weight
  • Staying safe in the sun and avoiding sunbeds
  • Stopping smoking
  • Drinking less alcohol
  • Moving around more

Delayed Cancer Diagnosis

Sometimes things go wrong, including a delay in diagnosis of cancer which may lead to harm that could have been avoided. Bridge McFarland LLP’s medical negligence team assist with a variety of delay in diagnosis cases. If you consider there has been a delay in your diagnosis, please get in touch with our team on 0800 987 8807.