World Cancer Day – Raise awareness

Posted on February 4, 2016

Anyone can develop cancer, but it’s more common as we get older – most cases are in people aged 50 or over.

Today, February 4th, is “World Cancer Day” and fortunately more and more is being done to fight this terrible group of diseases.

Spotting cancer early is important, as it means treatment is more likely to be successful.  Cancer Research has published a useful summary of symptoms to look out for.  They rightly point out that symptoms are often caused by something much less serious than cancer, but that they could be a sign of the disease so therefore need checking out.

In addition to looking for any symptoms, it’s also important to remember that sometimes cancers develop without patients noticing at first.  That’s why Bluecrest is pleased to offer a range of health checks that have been put together relating to cancer detection and cancer prevention.  They have been developed by Dr Nick Summerton, our Medical Director, who is an expert in this area and has published books on diagnosing cancer in primary care.   The package also comes with the reassurance of a private GP telephone consultation to review all your results afterwards.

When having any health check, you need to know about “false positives” and “false negatives”.  No health screening can ever give a 100% clean bill of health and similarly it can never pick up 100% of disease.  The levels of what Doctors call “sensitivity” and “specificity” vary from test to test.  At Bluecrest, we feel it is right to inform our customers of both the benefits and limitations of screening tests.  It’s also why we have introduced new tests like the “FIT” bowel cancer check that is considered more accurate than the “FOB” bowel cancer check currently available on the NHS.

Everyone knows that the sooner you pick up a cancer or risk of cancer, the better the outcome.  Bluecrest is aiming to do all we can to help people reduce their risks and live healthier, happier, longer lives.