Keeping well

Reducing cancer risks

Prevention is the best way of avoiding cancer and there are many ways you can be supported to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Over 40% of cancers can be prevented as this Cancer Research UK image explains.

Screening

Screening for cancer is one of the most effective ways of preventing certain types of cancer. The NHS offers screening services which are designed to detect signs of cancer at the earliest possible stage.

Signs and Symptoms

When it comes to spotting the early signs of cancer, would you know what to look out for and when you might need to seek advice from you GP? Be Clear on Cancer is a campaign that the NHS developed to help describe certain symptoms for some of the most prevalent cancers in our population.

Smoking

Across Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, there are approximately 300,000 smokers (18+). Smoking is an addiction that is more addictive than heroin. People who seek support to quit smoking have been more successful in keeping to their smoke-free lifestyle compared with those who try to quit on their own. Across Wessex, we have a number of smoking cessation services which you can access for support.

By quitting smoking, it is a well-known fact that your risk of cancer will also be reduced.

 

 

Dorset LiveWell Dorset
Website https://www.livewelldorset.co.uk/

 

Hampshire smokefree HAMPSHIRE
Website www.smokefreehampshire.co.uk/
(to self-refer)
Telephone Quitline 01264 563039
Mobile Text Quit to 66777

 

Southampton SMOKEFREE
Website www.nhs.uk/smokefree/help-and-advice/support

 

Portsmouth Portsmouth Wellbeing Service
Email wellbeing@portsmouthcc.gov.uk
Telephone 023 9229 4001

 

Isle of Wight Isle of Wight Wellbeing Service
Email iwwellbeingservice@iow.gov.uk
Telephone 01983 823670

Overweight and obesity

It is important to maintain a healthy weight. Poor diet and being overweight or obese are closely linked to several cancers. In Wessex, there are over 1 million people who are overweight or obese (18+). Knowing your Body Mass Index (BMI) and making healthy choices, as well as exercising on a regular basis, will all help to reduce your risk of becoming overweight. For more information and to check your BMI, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/bmi-calculator/.

If you are trying to manage your weight and need support or advice, there are various NHS resources that can help you.

 

 

Advice about physical activity:
One You (Public Health England)
NHS Choices

Dorset LiveWell Dorset
Website https://www.livewelldorset.co.uk/

 

Hampshire Healthy Weight
Website www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth/publichealth/healthyweight
(online BMI calculator and access to Weight Watchers online)

 

Portsmouth Portsmouth Wellbeing Service
Email wellbeing@portsmouthcc.gov.uk
Telephone 023 9229 4001

 

Isle of Wight Referrals for support with weight management must be made by a health professional, Jobcentre+ or Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)

Alcohol consumption

Alcohol is known to cause cancer and is a major risk factor for breast and bowel cancer, the second and third most prevalent cancers in Wessex.

There is a recommended limit on how much alcohol an adult should consume and this is often measured in units. Knowing your units will help you stay in control of your drinking. To find out more information, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/drink-less/.

If you are concerned about your alcohol consumption or would like some support and advice about your drinking; there are several organisations across Wessex that may be able to help.

 

Dorset LiveWell Dorset
Website https://www.livewelldorset.co.uk/

 

Hampshire Inclusion Recovery Hampshire
Website https://www.inclusion.org/inclusion-recovery-hampshire/

 

Southampton Southampton Alcohol Service
Website https://www.southamptonalcoholservice.org.uk/

 

Portsmouth Portsmouth Wellbeing Service
Email wellbeing@portsmouthcc.gov.uk
Telephone 023 9229 4001

 

Isle of Wight Inclusion Isle of Wight
Website https://www.inclusioniow.org/
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