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Be clear on cancer!

Nottingham North and East CCG is backing  ‘World Cancer Day’ on Tuesday (4th Feb), and is stressing that the chances of surviving cancer are much greater if it is detected early.

A plea for patients with symptoms to see their GP as soon as possible was backed up by evidence that early detection was critical to the successful treatment of many different types of cancer including breast, cervical, skin, mouth and colorectal cancers plus some childhood cancers.

Dr Paul Oliver, Clinical Lead and Chair for the NHS Nottingham North and East Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“While early treatment is crucial, prevention is even better than a cure. There are many ways in which people can reduce their risk of getting cancer, by avoiding such simple things such as tobacco, drinking sensibly, eating a balanced diet and taking exercise. Tobacco is linked to over 70 per cent of lung cancer deaths, whilst alcohol also increases the risk of numerous cancers including mouth, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, bowel and breast.”

‘World Cancer Day’ organisers insist that universal access to cancer care is a matter of social justice.

More on World Cancer Day.

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