If you spot any signs of cancer, go to your doctor to get it checked out. You're not wasting anyone's time, and if it isn't serious, your mind will be put at rest. But if it is cancer, early diagnosis can make all the difference. The sooner cancer is detected, the better the chances of successful treatment.
Real story - Pat Hanlon, aged 70
When I told my wife I'd noticed blood in my pee, she said I should make an appointment to see my doctor as soon as possible. I wasn't sure, as it wasn't painful, but I'm glad I listened to her. The doctor sent me for tests and I was diagnosed with kidney cancer. But since my treatment in 2004 I haven't had any problems. I still work part-time as a university lecturer and I'm writing a book.
Real story - Joan Brown, aged 81
For many years I examined my breasts fairly regularly. Then in 2005 I noticed a change in my breast – a small lump – so I made an appointment to see my doctor. He sent me for tests and I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My treatment included radiotherapy, surgery and hormone therapy, but it was all worth it and I have now been discharged from the Breast Care Unit. I’m glad I didn’t leave it any longer before going to my doctor. Many women over the age of 70 don’t realise that they’re at risk of breast cancer, so it’s very important if you notice any changes in your breasts to see your doctor straight away.