Cancer is a condition where cells in a specific part of the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably. The cancerous cells can invade and destroy surrounding healthy tissue, including organs.

Cancer sometimes begins in one part of the body before spreading to other areas. This process is known as metastasis.

1 in 2 people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime. In the UK, the 4 most common types of cancer are:

There are more than 200 different types of cancer, and each is diagnosed and treated in a particular way.

New Cancer Information

Everyone’s experience of cancer is unique. As a practice we have a number of different people that can help to support you.

Cancer Support Wellbeing

This page contains a large number of resources that offer support to those with Cancer.

Cancer Screening

Information about the different cancer screenings that are available as national schemes. – Cancer Hub

This is the main page on the page about all different cancers including about treatment and waiting times .

Spotting signs of cancer

Changes to your body’s normal processes or unusual, unexplained symptoms can sometimes be an early sign of cancer.

Symptoms that need to be checked by a doctor include:

  • a lump that suddenly appears on your body
  • unexplained bleeding
  • changes to your bowel habits

But in many cases your symptoms will not be related to cancer and will be caused by other, non-cancerous health conditions.

Reducing your risk of cancer

Making some simple changes to your lifestyle can significantly reduce your risk of developing cancer.

For example:

Page last reviewed: 25 January 2024