That notorious figure of London nightlife, Peter Stringfellow, has died, aged 77, from cancer. His self-named club, on Upper St Martin’s Lane, is one of the most long-standing party establishments in the capital and while it often caused its proprietor to be accused of objectifying women, it was popular with high-profile celebrities and a bit like a low-brow Tramp or Annabel’s. What none of those three venues could offer, however, was gay massage. If you’re in town and looking for this most luxurious of treats, then contacting an upmarket agency like Tantric Soul is the best jumping-off point. Back to Stringfellow, this colourful character, in appearance more Hertfordshire or Essex than London, made no secret of his facelifts and cultivated a kind of provincial Rod Stewart look. Revellers and merry-makers from across the globe will, no doubt, miss him. But what can we learn from his passing away? Well, there are early signs and symptoms of cancer and being aware of them could save your life. Since cancer afflicts one in three people at some point in their lives, it’s worth being wise to it. The most prevalent varieties are breast, lung, prostate and bowel cancer. And all of them come with different early warnings. Staying attuned to unexpected changes in your body is key, whether it’s the development of lumps or blood in urine.
Fortunately, you’ll often find that such symptoms have a different cause; one that’s treatable and not remotely life-threatening. If, however, your GP suspects cancer, you’ll be forward to the appropriate hospital department.
A tightness and/or pain in your chest, plus pronounced coughing are among the early signs. If your cough has gone on longer than three weeks, it’s time to see the GP. A mole on your body that’s got an irregular shape and has a diameter in excess of seven millimetres is another reason to book that appointment. If the mole bleeds, then it’s even more pressing a requirement. Similarly, a sore that refuses to heal should be addressed by booking a face-to-face appointment. When it comes to lumps, check your breasts and testicles first, but also stay aware of lumps on the other parts of your body, too. While breast cancer is primarily a disease affecting women, the breast area on men can also succumb to this problem.
Do you have difficulty swallowing or a new kind of indigestion? Again, just keep a close eye on it. If it’s persistent, it needs looking into. And what about appetite? If yours has lessened for no apparent reason and you’re struggling to feel properly hungry, it could, of course, be depression. Many conditions can bring about appetite loss, but cancer is one of them. It hits the metabolism hard, particularly stomach, colon, pancreatic and ovarian cancer.
We all get tired during the daytime sometimes. We may not be getting enough sleep. We may just be run down. But pronounced fatigue is also a widely-experienced cancer symptom. If you’re suffering a persistent exhaustion that doesn’t have any obvious cause, see your doctor.
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