There are more than 200 different types of cancer, each with various causes, symptoms and treatments. Nationally, 1 in 3 people will have a cancer diagnosis over the course of their lives, and for individuals born after 1960 this is estimated to increase to 1 in 2 people. Current estimates are that the number of people living with and beyond cancer will increase from 2 million in 2010 to 4 million by 2030. However, cancer survival is improving, with 50% of people now living 10 years or more. Cancer is now considered a long term condition, to live with and beyond. Increasing age plays a role in increasing the likelihood of a cancer diagnosis, with 50% of new cancers diagnosed in 2013 being in people aged 70 years and older.

There are a number of ways to prevent cancer – it’s estimated that 4 in 10 cancers are preventable.

How do I reduce my cancer risk?

  • Reduce your risk by making the following changes to your lifestyle:
  • Stop smoking
  • Maintain a healthy bodyweight (BMI 20-25)
  • Keep to the recommended alcohol units per week of no more than 14 Units per week
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet (reducing your consumption of processed foods and red meats)
  • Keep active
  • Get vaccinated e.g. HPV vaccination
  • Enjoy the sun safely
  • Be aware of occupational risks of cancer

More information can be found at:

Cancer Research UK

NHS Choices

'I’ve been diagnosed with cancer – what happens now’?

This is a common question on everyone’s mind when they or a relative or friend receives a cancer diagnosis.
Support is available from your GP, your cancer nurse specialist and your consultant.
You may also find useful support from your local pharmacist, in particular about medications, but also about other minor illness queries whilst you are receiving treatment for your cancer.

Here are some other helpful links:

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer Research UK

Citizen Advice Bureau

Local wig services

Fiona Povey
Prestige Wigs

Click below to hear from Dr Emma Whitehouse, a Macmillan GP, who leads on Cancer Care for the CCG.

What Surrey Heath CCG is doing for people living with and beyond Cancer?

We are working in partnership with many local organisations, so that the local population:

  • Is aware of the causes of cancer
  • Is provided health promotion and ill health prevention advice and signposting
  • Receives support and guidance when cancer is diagnosed
  • Is able to access the earliest interventions after diagnosis to help improve outcomes
  • Is supported beyond their cancer treatment

Surrey Heath CCG has a local cancer strategy, the key objectives of which are outlined below:

 Key Objectives 2014 – 2019

Promote prevention programmes and awareness campaigns consistently across practices and to the public

Increase screening uptake within the targeted populations by understanding and overcoming the barriers

Implement a local GP education and training programme on improving cancer detection and care

Quality of life improvements

for patients supported by effective sign-posting and a multi-agency approach

Improved experience of care for patients and their carers on their cancer journey by ensuring at each stage their feedback is captured

Increase uptake of HPV vaccinations within the population by understanding and overcoming the barriers

Recently we have:

  • Hosted annual Cancer Health & Wellbeing Days in 2015 and 2016. Another event is scheduled for 19th October 2017 with advice on diet, exercise, mental wellbeing, benefits advice, fatigue management and self-management jointly with Macmillan and Frimley Health Foundation Trust
  • Worked with GP practices to improve screening rates and take up, education for early diagnosis and re-launched the GP Exercise Referral programme to include cancer patients who have completed treatment. Macmillan materials have been provided to each practice to support cancer patients in the community.
  • There are two Parish Nurses for Camberley and Frimley who have been engaged and supported with Macmillan materials and updates on the GP Exercise Referral for Cancer Patients.
  • Working with Surrey heath Borough Council, Arena Leisure Centre and Frimley Health FT to develop a cancer outreach session to support people living with and beyond cancer in the community.

Be Clear on Cancer – Respiratory Symptoms

We all get short of breath sometimes, but if you get out of breath doing everyday things you used to be able to do it could be a sign of lung disease, such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), or heart disease.

It could also be a sign of other health problems such as anaemia or anxiety. But don't try and diagnose yourself, go and see your doctor to find out for sure.

The good news is that the conditions that cause shortness of breath can often be treated. So it's important to see your doctor if your breathing is difficult or uncomfortable, or if it feels like you can't get enough air.

Click here for more information on the signs, symptoms and treatment for respiratory symptoms