These pages are intended to help you find the correct information, or links to information about Cancer, including prevention, screening, signs & symptoms, and the support available to you from the Practice and locally.

Cancer Research UK

They know it’s a worrying time for people with cancer, they have information to help. If you have symptoms of cancer contact your doctor.

Website: Cancer Research UK: Can cancer be prevented?

Stop Smoking Help

Smoking causes around 7 in 10 lung cancer cases in the UK, and causes other cancers including mouth, pharynx (upper throat), nose and sinuses, larynx (voice box), oesophagus (food pipe), liver, pancreas, stomach, kidney, bowel, ovary, bladder, cervix, and some types of leukaemia.

The number of years you spend smoking affects your cancer risk most strongly, and the more cigarettes you smoke a day, the higher your risk of cancer, so reducing the number of cigarettes you smoke a day can be a good first step.

It’s never too late to stop. Getting expert support and advice from your local stop smoking service will mean you are four times more likely to succeed at quitting smoking than going at it alone.

Healthy Surrey

Links to local Stop Smoking Service and information and hints and tips to help you stop

One You Surrey

Provide free stop smoking support throughout the county. You’ll be supported by a team of trained advisers, all of whom are experts in the field of smoking cessation

NHS Stop Smoking

Cancer Research UK



Keeping active can help you lose weight or keep a healthy weight, which reduces the risk of 13 different types of cancer.

And if you’re exercising a lot, it can help prevent breast and bowel cancer.

For more information visit Cancer Research UK:

Healthy Surrey

Links to, and information on help and support with nutrition, physical activity and weight management available for you throughout Surrey, and hints and tips for self-help.

NHS Live Well

Sun Exposure

Too much ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can damage DNA in your skin cells and cause skin cancer. In the UK almost 9 in 10 cases of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, could be prevented through enjoying the sun safely and avoiding sunbeds.

Getting sunburnt just once every 2 years can triple your risk of melanoma skin cancer.

In the UK, the sun’s UV rays are the strongest between 11am and 3pm from early April and late September. During this time, the sun may be strong enough to cause damage. Take extra care to protect your skin, especially if you get sunburnt easily by:

– Spending time in the shade, especially between 11am and 3pm in the UK
– Covering up with clothes, a wide-brimmed hat and wraparound sunglasses
– And using a sunscreen with at least SPF15 and 4 or 5 stars. Use it generously, reapply regularly and use in combination with shade and clothing.

For more information visit Cancer Research UK:


Drinking alcohol increases the risk of mouth cancer, pharyngeal (upper throat) cancer, oesophageal (food pipe) cancer, laryngeal (voice box) cancer, breast cancer, bowel cancer and liver cancer.

Research shows drinking alcohol increases the risk of cancer whether you drink it all in one go or spread it throughout the week. Cancer risk starts to increase at small amounts, so the more you can cut down the more you can reduce your risk. Sticking within the government guidelines:

– men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis
– spread your drinking over 3 or more days if you regularly drink as much as 14 units a week
– if you want to cut down, try to have several drink-free days each week

Fourteen units is equivalent to 6 pints of average-strength beer or 10 small glasses of low-strength wine.

Healthy Surrey

Links to, and information on help and support available for you throughout Surrey, and hints and tips for self-help.

NHS Alcohol Support

Cancer Research UK

Healthy Diet and Weight Management

Healthier diets could prevent around 1 in 20 cancers.

This is partly from the effect of the diet itself, but mostly by helping you keep a healthy weight or lose weight, which is important because obesity is a cause of 13 different types of cancer. Having a healthy diet, helps you keep a healthy weight or lose weight, which can reduce the risk of cancer.

Healthy Surrey

Links to, and information on help and support with nutrition, physical activity and weight management available for you throughout Surrey, and hints and tips for self-help.

NHS Eat Well

Cancer Research UK

Breast Cancer Screening

If you are female and between 50 and 70 years of age, you are eligible for a routine screening mammogram every 3 years.

If you have not had a mammogram within the last 3 years, please contact the Jarvis Breast Screening Unit on 0333 200 2062 to arrange your routine mammogram.

If you have any signs or symptoms of breast cancer, please discuss with your GP in the first instance.

Please see the following link for further information.

Cervical Cancer Screening

All women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64 years old are eligible for cervical screening (smear test).

This test checks the health of your cervix (opening to your uterus). It is not a test for a cancer but looks for a virus called HPV (human papillomavirus) that can cause changes to your cervix and increase your risk of developing cervical cancer.

The test takes less than 10 minutes and is performed by a practice nurse at the GP surgery.

You should have a cervical screening test every 3 years between 25 and 50 years old and then every 5 years up to the age of 64years.

Please liaise with reception if you think you are due/overdue a cervical screening test and we can book you in.

If you are concerned you have signs or symptoms of cervical cancer please request a telephone appointment with a GP to discuss further in the first instance.

Further information on the cervical screening programme can be found at:

Bowel Cancer Screening

All men and women aged 60 to 74 are eligible for a bowel cancer screening test every 2 years.

You are sent a kit to your home address to collect a small sample of poo and send back to the screening team. It does not diagnose bowel cancer but looks for traces of blood in your poo.

If you have missed your test or have not been invited within the last 2 years, please contact the free bowel screening helpline on 0800 707 60 60 to request a test.

For further information, please visit

If you suspect you have any signs of symptoms of bowel cancer please discuss with your GP in the first instance.

Signs and Symptoms of Cancer

It is important to know the common signs and symptoms of cancer. If you have any of the symptoms listed on this site, please see your GP.


NHS Cancer signs and symptoms

For more information including signs and symptoms of cancer please visit: NHS Cancer information

Support from the practice following a diagnosis of cancer

If you receive a diagnosis of cancer and are undergoing treatment, much of your care and support will come from your cancer team at the hospital. However, the Practice want you to know that the team is also here to support you and you family / carer both during your treatment, and after your treatment finishes.

The Practice are able to offer you and your family/carer, the opportunity to have a discussion with us, and for us to tell you about the support we are able to offer you from the Practice or available from other local services.

We should offer you an appointment to have this discussion within 3 months of your diagnosis, but if you do not hear from us, please feel free to contact the Practice to request this appointment.

Cancer care review

Later in your cancer care, the Practice will also offer you the opportunity to have a subsequent, more structured discussion called a Cancer Care Review.

This should be offered to you within 12 months of your diagnosis, usually at the end of your cancer treatment, or if there are any significant changes that happen in your treatment plan.

A Cancer Care Review (CCR) is an opportunity to discuss any concerns or questions you may have about both your physical and emotional well-being. These appointments will be offered with your GP, or a Practice Nurse, or other member of the Practice Team who has received appropriate training. They will be a slightly longer than usual appointment, and take place either by video or phone consultation, or if permitted, this may be offered as a face to face appointment.

We should contact you to offer you an appointment for a CCR, but if you do not hear from us within 12 months of your diagnosis, please feel free to contact the practice to request this appointment.

Healthy Surrey

Healthy Surrey can help you lead a healthier life, whether you want to be more active, drink less alcohol, stop smoking, and more. You can find out more self-care information, as well as signposting to local services available to you as a Surrey resident.

You don’t need a referral for most of these – you can book an appointment yourself.


In Your Area - Macmillan Cancer Support

You can find your nearest Macmillan information and support centres, and other local support groups and services.


Surrey Information Point

Surrey Information Point is a website for Surrey residents and their families. It provides details of care, community and health information, things to do and support services.


Cancer Care Map

Cancer Care Map is a simple, online resource that aims to help you find cancer support services in your local area wherever you are in the UK. You can either search for a service or browse the types of services available.