Cancer: Signs you should never ignore - ‘Thousands risking their lives', warns NHS chief
THE NUMBER of people diagnosed with cancer during the pandemic plummeted, sparking fears many would receive treatment too late to save them. NHS bosses are now urging Britons not to ignore early signs of the killer disease. Here are the main symptoms to look for.According to Cancer Research UK, one in two people in the UK born after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of the disease during their lifetime.
He informed me that my latest blood test showed that my prostate specific antigen (PSA) level had dropped to 0.6 from 13.2 when I was first given brachytherapy treatment back in August 2018. © A consultant clinical oncologist examines a scan showing inside the body of a 65-year-old man diagno...
The insertion of small radioactive seeds into the prostate to kill off the cancerous tumour appears to have been successful and the good doctor informed me that “there are no signs of cancer in your body”.
I thank my lucky stars that I insisted on getting a blood test to ascertain my PSA level back in March of that year because, as I had no symptoms of prostate cancer, I shudder to think what might have happened if I left it too late.
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PSA is a protein made only by the prostate gland. Some of it leaks into the blood, but how much depends on your age and the health of your prostate. The NHS website informs us that men aged between 50 to 69 have a raised PSA if it measures 3ng/ml or higher although it goes on to say that about three in four men with a raised PSA level will not have cancer and that the PSA test can miss about 15 per cent of cancers.
In my case, however, I am glad that I adopted a “better safe than sorry” attitude. I was diagnosed with cancer and I received my preferred treatment, after which, three years later, I can say that at the moment the signs are that I am cancer free.
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Of course, it is up to each person to pursue a course of action that best befits their circumstances but all I can say is that I am glad that I pursued the course of action that I did.
Mother, 28, chose to amputate leg rather than abort unborn baby
Kathleen Osborne, 28, from Cambridgeshire, had no idea she was pregnant when she went for an MRI scan last year after discovering a lump on her right leg. She was stunned to find out not only had her bone cancer had returned, but she was pregnant and doctors gave her two options - abort her baby so she could start chemotherapy or have her leg amputated. It took Kathleen one night to make her life-changing decision and at four months pregnant she had her leg amputated.Tragically - eight weeks before the birth of her daughter Aida-May - an MRI scan revealed cancer on her lungs had returned and was declared terminal.
So, in a cheerful mood, I made my way to the NHS vaccination centre at Ingliston to get my Covid booster and flu jab. Having heard some people opine that it was not safe to get both vaccines at the same time, I decided to investigate it more thoroughly before I proceeded.
However having trawled through several websites both here and abroad, I could find no evidence to support the claim that it was unsafe to get both so I decided to keep my appointment for the two jabs.
At the centre I was extremely impressed by the way staff dealt with the public – polite, efficient and always on hand to give advice. I was in and out in 50 minutes having had a painless jab administered in both arms. It could not have been simpler and from what I could see from the 100 or so people in the hall, it looked like they were being similarly treated.
Now, 24 hours later, I have had no side-effects whatsoever and can look forward to winter, safe in the knowledge that I have taken steps to ensure that I have the maximum protection possible against Covid-19 and the flu. While there is no guarantee that I will not contract either, there is no doubt in my mind that I am much safer having taken the jabs than not!
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