Welcome to the Hospitals and Oncology in the South and Southwest website
The Hospitals and Oncology in the South and Southwest website aims to provide up to date and accurate information on a cancer specific basis. The word "cancer" as a collective noun describes a huge variety of different diseases, each with its own symptoms, possible causes and available treatments.
The information contained in this website attempts to direct you towards what we consider to be the most relevant, useful, and informative resources for each one of the cancers. Let us know if there is anything you would like us to cover that we have missed out.
In the majority of cases, the resources you will be directed to will be provided by non-NHS organisations. While this information has been suggested and in many cases used by NHS staff, the NHS is not responsible for its content or publishing and cannot be held accountable for any advice or information contained therein. We strongly recommend that you consult a medical professional who is directly involved in the treatment of your illness, before you take any advice from other sources or alter your treatment or lifestyle in any way.
Reduce The Risks
Certain cancers may be avoided and general health improved if you adopt a healthier lifestyle. Smokers ought to stop smoking as quickly as possible and try not to smoke in the presence of others. If you drink alcohol, whether beer, wine or spirits, you should moderate your consumption. Everybody should increase their daily intake of vegetables and fresh fruits, and eat cereals with a high fibre content frequently. Avoiding becoming overweight is important, so be more active, increase your physical activity and limit your intake of fatty foods. Avoid excessive exposure to the sun and avoid sunburn especially in children. Apply strictly to regulations aimed at preventing any exposure to known cancer-causing substances. Follow all health and safety instructions on substances which may cause cancer.
More cancers may be cured if detected early
See your doctor if you notice a lump, a sore which does not heal (including in the mouth), a mole which changes in shape, size or colour, or any abnormal bleeding. Also see your doctor if you have persistent problems, such as a persistent cough, persistent hoarseness, a change in bowel or urinary habits or an unexplained weight loss. Women should have a cervical smear regularly, and participate in organised screening programmes for cervical cancer. Women should also check their breasts regularly, and participate in organised mammographic screening programmes if aged over 50.