Cancer cells : Signs, Symptoms and Support

We all have cells in our bodies that make up our organs and tissues and help them to grow and repair. Cancer starts in our cells when an abnormal cell keeps diving and making more abnormal cells. These abnormal cells form a lump which is called a tumour. A lump can be benign (not cancerous) or malignant (cancer). If the abnormal tumour breaks away and travels through the blood and body systems, then tumours can develop around the body causing secondary cancer.

The most common places for cancer to develop are the skin, lungs, breast, prostate, colon and rectum. The 3 main types of cells where cancer develops are; epithelial, cells of the blood, lymphatic system and connective tissue cells. Common symptoms of cancer include abnormal bleeding, unexplained weight loss, a lump or swelling, unexplained pain, a cough that last more than 3 weeks or changes in bowel movements. These symptoms do not necessarily mean cancer however, it is always advisable to have them checked by a doctor.

Cancer can be treated in a number of ways for example surgery to remove the tumour. Radiotherapy to destroy the cancer tumour. Chemotherapy which are drugs to extinguish the cancer. Hormonal therapy to reduce the cancer growing or targeted therapies to stop the abnormal tumour from growing.

Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support is a charity which assists people, their families, friends, carers and employees who are affected by cancer. The charity also provide expert training, resources and advice for coping with cancer. Macmillan have recently introduced a free toolkit on cancer in the workplace. This is available from their website . Macmillan also provide a free help line for anyone affected by cancer which is 0808 808 0000.

BDHL can advise on all employee benefits including group risk insurances to cover both the employer and the employee if they were to be affected by cancer. BDHL can also help find a suitable EAP offering counselling and guidance for the employer and their family whilst fighting cancer. As well as group private medical insurance which allows the employee to access the best possible treatments and care.To find out more speak to a member of the team on 01892 891900, or email