Quiz highlights importance of finding cancer early.
Never delay seeking advice from your doctor.
This article was written by Eliza Wynn and published in the Avon Advocate on 27 September 2018.
The Cancer Council WA has launched a Find Cancer Early campaign targeting regional areas in an aim to increase response time to cancer symptoms.
Cancer Council WA’s Wheatbelt Regional Education Officer Melissa Pickering said the campaign urges people to talk to their doctor if they notice any unusual changes in their body.
“Unfortunately, sometimes a lack of understanding of cancer symptoms and delaying going to the doctor can lead to a poorer outcome when cancer is diagnosed.
“The fact is the earlier cancer is found the better your treatment outcomes can be so it’s vital you know what to look out for and see your doctor without delay when something’s not right.
“If you experience any of the following for more than four weeks – new or changed spots on your skin; problems peeing; runny poo; unexplained weight loss; any unusual pain, lump or swelling anywhere in your body; a persistent cough or breathlessness – get it checked out.
“Even more importantly, if you ever have blood in your pee or poo, or cough up blood, it’s especially essential that you don’t ignore it – see your doctor straight away.”
Find Cancer Early displays have been plastered around Northam accompanied by a health quiz with the winner taking home a Sun Smart pack.
Dr Marie Fox from the Grey St Surgery in Northam, a strong advocate and supporter of Find Cancer Early who also appears in the campaign’s television commercial, drew the quiz winner, Liz from Northam.
Dr Fox said it is important to talk to your doctor about changes in your body.
“It may be nothing to worry about, but if it is something more serious your outlook really can be improved by finding any possible cancer as early as possible,” she said.
“There have been advances in the way cancer is diagnosed and treated which have led to improvements in survival.
For more information visit www.findcancerearly.com.au or call 13 11 20 to speak with a cancer nurses.