Know Your Role

Play your part in the new conversation.

Understand your role in the 3 Steps to Early Detection.

Your role in the new cancer conversation starts with what you’re already most familiar with: YOU.

We would all like a complete checklist of cancer symptoms, but the same cancer can reveal itself in different ways to different people. Cancer symptoms do, however, have two common traits: they first manifest themselves as subtle and persistent health changes.

To recognize a potential symptom, become aware of what your great feels like. What is your normal health? If your great changes and you do not return to your normal after two weeks, it is time to call a doctor to find out why.

As you move forward, remember these 3 Steps and empower yourself to take control.

STEP 1
Remember Your Great.
The more you pay attention to what you feel like when you’re feeling like you always do, the better you’ll be able to recognize subtle, but persistent changes in your health that could be early warning signs of cancer.

STEP 2
Use the 2-Week Rule.
If those subtle but persistent changes last more than 2-weeks, it’s time to talk to your doctor so you can understand the cause.

STEP 3
Share with a Doctor.
You know your body best. Sharing information about any changes to your normal health helps your doctor help you. It may be difficult or embarrassing, but it can be lifesaving.

BE INFORMED

What causes delayed diagnosis?

Some of the factors that cause delayed diagnosis include:

  • Many people do not know what a cancer symptom looks or feels like
  • Ignoring or explaining away the symptoms– “I’m sure it’s nothing”
  • Some doctors may hesitate or not think to consider a cancer diagnosis when a young (otherwise healthy) patient has vague symptoms like fatigue, a rash, persistent changes in bathroom habits, etc.
  • Young people feel invincible – “It can’t happen to me”
  • Not being honest and sharing all health changes with your doctor. Many people are embarrassed to share all the crazy things that might be happening with their bodies.
  • People can feel intimidated to challenge or push a doctor if they don’t agree with the diagnosis or course of treatment.

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