Cancer: for healthcare professionals

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Patient information

Cancer is a condition where cells in a specific part of the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably. There's more information about cancer on the NHS website.

If you are displaying cancer symptoms, your GP will refer you to hospital to be seen within two weeks. Please be aware, the majority of patients referred under the 'two week wait' system have a simple condition and do not have cancer.

However, if you are subsequently diagnosed with cancer, a number of organisations provide support including Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK (other charities which offer support for people diagnosed with specific cancers are also at hand - search online). Information and guidance on Mesothelioma Cancer can be found here.

Additional information you may find useful


Coppafeel: boob check

Prostate Cancer - NHS website

Human papillomavirus (HPV)

Jo's Trust

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

Bowel Cancer UK

Prostate Cancer UK

Sign up for a CoppaFeel – boobcheck text reminder 

Order your CoppaFeel – shower sticker or shower hanger

Check your risk of prostate cancer with Prostate Cancer UK’s Prostate risk checker

Make sure you let your family and friends know about the opportunity to become a ‘Cancer Champion’ and perhaps signpost them to the website.

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