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Published: 31 Oct 2017
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People worry about cancer for many different reasons. Perhaps you have a family member or friend who has been diagnosed. Or maybe you have symptoms you think might be cancer.

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Published: 31 Oct 2017
Next review: 30 Apr 2021
Edition: 7

People worry about cancer for many different reasons. Perhaps you have a family member or friend who has been diagnosed. Or maybe you have symptoms you think might be cancer.

About this leaflet

People worry about cancer for many different reasons. Perhaps you have a family member or friend who has been diagnosed. Or maybe you have symptoms you think might be cancer.

Some people feel anxious about something they have watched on television, or have read in the newspapers or online.

This leaflet explains:

 - what we know about the main causes of cancer

 - what you can do to reduce your risk of developing cancer.

Visit our online information about worrying about cancer.

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