2021- Together, all our actions matter
Each year Clatterbridge Private Clinic celebrates World Cancer Day. World Cancer Day aims to raise awareness across the globe, in the attempt to inspire and educate people about the disease, and encourage people around the world to take action.
The day aims to save millions of preventable deaths by raising awareness all over the globe. To heighten the profile of cancer, in a positive and inspiring way. World Cancer Day is an event led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and is a global initiative which aims to support the cancer community worldwide, raise awareness for prevention and treatment for cancer to reduce the amount of deaths cancer causes, and to ensure that cancer continues to be a high priority in the world health and development agenda.
This year, the theme marks the end of the #IAmAndIWill campaign which has run successfully from 2019, reaching millions globally. The long-lasting campaign aimed to empower those to take action. To represent the power of one individual step and how it can change the root for the future. #IAmAndIWill is a powerful call-to-action that urges everyone no matter who they are, or where they’re from to take action, help raise awareness and make an impact. It highlights the fact that every single person can make a difference in some way and help in the battle against cancer.
9.6 million people die each year from cancer and by 2030 experts estimate cancer deaths will rise to a staggering 13 million if we don’t act now. Every one of us has been touched by cancer in some way, whether it’s you yourself who has had it, a family member, friend, neighbour or co-worker.
Over a third of cancers can be prevented and another third can be cured if detected and treated early enough. By raising awareness about prevention, early detection and providing proper treatment we can save up to 3.7 million lives every year. Statistics show that with the advancements in research and treatment from global support, the rates are already starting to drop compared to previous years.
Early detection of cancer – the signs and symptoms
Early detection of cancer is the best way to increase your chance of survival. Remember that any sign or symptom you have noticed should be checked as soon as possible, even if it’s something just small, if you’re concerned about it you should visit your doctor. Here are a few key signs to look out for:
- An abnormal lump. Lumps normally, show up in the breast, testicles, lymph nodes and soft tissues, like tendons and ligaments.
- Changes in your testicles. Have you noticed changes in the size of your testicles? Testicular cancer is most common in young and middle-aged men.
- Changes in your toilet habits. This may be a sign of bladder or prostate cancer. Other signs to look out for are blood in your urine or stool. Changes in your bowel habits, like constipation or diarrhoea that will not go away, matter too and are worth getting checked out.
- Changes in your skin. Look for unusual bleeding, scaling or sores that do not heal. Other signs include warts as well as moles and freckles that change in colour, size or shape.
- Indigestion or trouble swallowing. A prolonged, painful burning sensation in your throat or chest cannot be ignored – it can be a sign of oesophageal, stomach or throat cancer.
- Persistent cough or hoarseness. If it lasts more than three weeks, it may be a sign that something is wrong. Whether you smoke or not, a cough could be a sign of lung cancer.
- Changes in your mouth. Especially if you smoke, white patches inside your mouth or white patches on your tongue may be pre-cancers. Left-untreated, these areas can turn into oral cancer. Sores, unexplained bleeding, numbness or tenderness in the area around your mouth – like your tongue, lips and cheeks could also be signs of cancer.
- Unexplained weight loss. Losing ten or more pounds for no known reason can be a sign of pancreatic, stomach, oesophageal or lung cancer.
- Constant fatigue. Constant fatigue can be a sign of leukaemia as well as some colon and stomach cancers.
- Persistent pain. Persistent pain, no matter the location, can be the first sign of cancer.
Unfortunately, there is only so much that can be done, in some cases, which is why it is crucial to take the proper steps when you notice even the smallest of changes. It is possible to prevent at least one-third of common cancers; some common causes we can try to control include:
- Alcohol Consumption – in excessive amounts, this can increase the chance of bowel, breast, mouth, throat, liver and stomach cancer.
- Being Overweight/Obese – A general increase in weight, especially in adults, is linked to increasing the risk of developing 12 different cancers.
- Tobacco – Tobacco smoke contains around 80 different cancer-causing substances. At the moment, tobacco use is responsible for roughly 22% of cancer deaths.
- Workplace Hazards – Some people risk exposure to cancer-causing substances due to where they work. Employers need to ensure that all working environments are safe and that the correct PPE is provided and worn at all times when working around dangerous substances.
Time to Talk Day – The Power of Small
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, cancer patients have been disengaged from traditional health care systems. So, the use of social media can connect those looking for much-needed support.
The 4th of February 2021 is not just World Cancer Day but it’s also Time to Talk day, which is an annual campaign to raise awareness to mental health, and encourage people to start conversations about mental health to help end the stigma. Time to Talk Day is an opportunity for all of us to speak, listen and change lives, by being more open about mental health.
The theme of this year is the Power of Small. Since even a brief mental health chat has the power to make a big difference, when we start reaching out to people around us and sharing the things we worry about, we will soon understand that not being okay, is okay.
A cancer diagnosis is life-changing for you and your family and can affect people in many different ways. One in three people with cancer will experience a mental health problem before, during, or after treatment. It’s completely normal to at times feel afraid, anxious, scared, angry, or sad. Part of coping with and treating your cancer is looking after your mental health.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer and you are struggling, it is important you speak out and get the help and support you need for both your physical and mental health. This Time to Talk day, as we are once again in a national lockdown, it’s more important than ever to reach out to those around you to find out how they are really feeling or let them know if you are struggling. One small conversation can make a huge difference to someone’s life, so take the step today.
If you are struggling with your diagnosis or treatment, we can provide you with fast access to specialist psychological support for cancer patients. Dr. Helen Beesley is our chartered clinical psychologist who has years of experience in providing psychological therapy for patients dealing with cancer and she is available to offer psychological support to patients after diagnosis, during treatment and afterward. Dr. Beesley is on hand to offer tailored support to patients at the Clatterbridge Private Clinic in Liverpool and Wirral through psychological therapy.
How Clatterbridge Private Clinic can help
Here at Clatterbridge Private, we are dedicated to raising awareness for cancer year-round as well as delivering people the treatment they need to survive. We want to help fight cancer and drastically reduce the number of people it kills each year, which is why we reinvest 49% of our profits back into the NHS.
Clatterbridge Private Clinic has a team of expert consultants who specialise in a wide range of different cancers. They are leaders in the field of cancer research, offering a variety innovative of treatments which aren’t routinely available at other clinics. We also offer a range of pioneering treatments such as Papillion therapy for early rectal cancer, Proton eye therapy for rare eye cancers as well as other specialist treatments like immunotherapy.
We have recently opened our new state-of-the-art cancer clinic in the heart of Liverpool, inside the specialist Clatterbridge Cancer Hospital. This means we have even more resource to provide exceptional cancer care to a wider variety of people both in Liverpool and the Wirral. If you would like more information on private cancer care or want to arrange an appointment with us, please don’t hesitate to contact us.