It is important to be aware and look out for unexplained changes in your body. Symptoms of cancer can often also be symptoms of other non-cancerous illnesses, however it is always best to be aware of changes in your body and to visit your local GP if you have any concern. You should not be concerned about going to your GP to get things checked. The earlier the cancer is found, the more likely it is to be cured.
Those in the farming community spend the majority of their time outside and therefore have greater contact with ultraviolet light from the sun. Melanoma is a type of skin cancer, thought to be caused by ultraviolet light exposure. The most common sign of melanoma is the appearance of a new mole or a change in an existing mole. You can reduce your risk of melanoma by wearing a high factor sun cream. For further information visit: British Association of Dermatologists.
The A-B-C-D-E check is an easy way to check your moles:
- Macmillan Cancer Support have an online page covering the signs and symptoms of cancer, click here to view.
- NHS cancer signs and symptoms, click here.
Call the Macmillan Cancer Support helpline: 0808 808 00 00 open 7 days a week, 8am-8pm