Wise up to Cancer

Yorkshire Cancer Research is the official partner of the Move More workplace challenge this year. This is part of our new 'Wise Up To Cancer' campaign which aims to prevent cancer and improve early diagnosis.

Lower your cancer risk - Live a healthy lifestlye

Our risk of getting cancer depends on many things we don't have control over, such as our genes and age. But it is also influenced by lifestyle factors which we can change. 4 in 10 cancers could be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle. To lower your cancer risk:


Spot cancer early - Take part in screening

There are 3 screening programmes available in England - Cervical, Breast and Bowel

Cervical screening

  • Women only
  • Aged 25 to 64 years
  • Completed every 3 years from 25 to 49 year olds and every 5 years for 50 to 64 year olds

Smear test to find early changes to cells in the cervix

Contact your doctor to make an appointment

Breast cancer screening

  • Women only
  • Aged 50 to 70 years (47 to 53 in some areas)
  • Completed every 3 years

Mammogram to find breast cancers when they are too small to see or feel

Contact your local screening centre

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Bowel cancer screening

  • Men and Women
  • Aged 60 to 74 years
  • Completed every 2 years

Home testing kit sent through the post to check for hidden blood in the poo

Call the Freephone helpline on

0800 707 60 60

Spot cancer early - Look out for signs and symptoms

It is important to know your body

  • A lump or thickening in your breast or armpit
  • Changes to the skin of your breast
  • Changes in the shape or size of your breast
  • Nipple changes or discharge
  • A cough that has lasted for 3 weeks or more
  • Repeated chest infections
  • Breathlessness
  • An ache or pain in your chest or shoulder that has lasted some time
  • Bleeding from the vagina when you are not on your period or bleeding after the menopause
  • Discomfort or pain during sex
  • A change to a mole, freckle or normal patch of skin
  • A mole or growth that bleeds, crusts or scabs
  • Having to rush to the toilet to pass urine
  • Passing urine more often than usual, especially at night
  • A feeling that you are not completely emptying your bladder
  • Blood in your poo or looser poo for 3 weeks or more
  • Weight loss for no obvious reason
  • A pain or lump in your stomach
  • Feeling more tired than usual for some time

Finding cancer early makes it easier to treat and gives a better chance of full recovery. For more information visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/cancer

For more information visit www.ycr.org.uk/wiseuptocancer.