Find cancer early with symptom awareness

Cancer Council Tasmania is currently running a Find Cancer Early Project in the Ulverstone, Burnie, South-East and St Helens Local Government Areas.
 
The community education campaign discusses the early signs and symptoms of cancer, and encourages people to seek medical help if they notice anything unusual.
 
Find Cancer Early focuses on the five most common cancers in Tasmania – prostate, breast, skin, bowel and lung – which comprise almost 60 per cent of all cancer diagnoses.
 
The project will provide important information to help people identify potential early symptoms of these five most common cancers.
 
Ask yourself, have you had any of the following symptoms for more than four weeks?
  • Problems urinating
  • Runny poo
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • An unusual pain, lump or swelling anywhere on your body
  • Becoming more short of breath
  • A persistent cough
  • A new or changed spot on your skin
 
Then ask yourself if you have had any of these symptoms more than once?
  • Blood in your poo
  • Coughing up blood
  • Blood in your urine
 
If you have, and you are over 40, you need to tell your doctor.
 
Find Cancer Early also encourages people to participate in the national cancer screening programs for bowel, breast and cervical cancers.
 
The screening programs are for people with no symptoms and who are the eligible age to participate.
 
These simple screening tests look for particular changes and early signs of cancer before it has developed or before any symptoms emerge.
 
We know that people are more likely to survive cancer if it’s found early.
 
The Find Cancer Early Project is based on a successful program developed by Cancer Council WA, and includes face to face workshops, distribution of posters and pamphlets, and social media advertising.
 
Cancer Council Tasmania is holding several community and workplace presentations in the target areas.
 
If your workplace or community group would like a free presentation at your location, please contact Cancer Council Tasmania on 1300 65 65 85.
 
For more information about Find Cancers Early, visit www.findcancerearlytas.com.au
 
- Contributed: Cancer Council Tasmania
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