Use the Two-Week Rule

Know when it’s time to talk to your doctor.

How long is too long?

Cancer often reveals itself as subtle and persistent health changes that don’t interfere with your daily routine. So if you’re thinking “it’s no big deal” or “it can’t be anything serious” you may be missing the early warning signs of cancer—and the chance to dramatically increase your chance of survival.

Know when to call your doctor by using the 2-week rule: If you notice a subtle change in your normal health that lasts 2 weeks or more, it’s time to call your doctor and learn what is causing the change.

Think about these examples:

Meet Lou

Imagine you have a cold. You are likely experiencing many subtle health changes including aches, fever and fatigue. But generally you should start to feel better after a few days or even a week. If you don’t start to feel better after 2 weeks, it’s time to see a doctor. Lou thought he had a cold for two months and that was too long to wait. It’s why his doctors call him a “miracle boy,” and he wants you to learn from his experience.

Meet Laurel

Or imagine you have pain or swelling due to a sports injury. If your injury is not improving after 2 weeks, find out why. Laurel thought she had runner’s knee, but physical therapy didn’t help. Her knee continued to weaken over several months. Laurel shares, “If I can encourage one person with my story to make that doctor’s appointment for the nagging pain or persistent problem, then I will feel that the journey I have endured was worth it.“

Always remember that your best chance at early cancer detection is you!

If your normal health changes and doesn’t improve after 2 weeks, it’s important to see your doctor. Now that you have used the 2-week rule, make sure you are ready with all the details of your health changes to share with a doctor.

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