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Long Term Health Conditions


Cancer is a condition where cells in a specific part of the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably. The cancerous cells can invade and destroy surrounding healthy tissue, including organs.

Cancer sometimes begins in one part of the body before spreading to other areas. This process is known as metastasis. There are over 200 different types of cancer, each with its own methods of diagnosis and treatment.

Changes to your body's normal processes or symptoms that are out of the ordinary can sometimes be an early sign of cancer. For example, a lump that suddenly appears on your body, unexplained bleeding or changes to your bowel habits are all symptoms that need to be checked by a doctor.

In many cases, your symptoms are not related to cancer and are caused by other, non-cancerous health conditions. However, it is still important that you visit your GP so your symptoms can be investigated.


Macmillan Cancer information and support

Macmillan is a charity that helps support people and their families who are affected by cancer by offering them support financially and emotionally.

They hold many fundraising events, campaigning events and have plenty of opportunities for people to volunteer. The Macmillan cancer information service at the Queen’s Centre provides a drop-in service for anyone affected by cancer, whether a patient, relative, friend or anyone else.

To find out more visit the Macmillan website (Opens in a new window)

Alternatively you can contact them by telephone on 01482 461 154 or 01482 875 875 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)

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