It is important to be aware to be aware of any new worrying symptoms, such as blood in your pee or poo, a lump, persistent bloating or a cough for three weeks or more.
Although it’s unlikely to be cancer it is important to speak to your GP so they can investigate.
Finding a cancer early means it is easier to treat.
If your GP suspects cancer, they will refer to you to a specialist – usually within two weeks.
COUGHING, CHEST PAIN AND BREATHLESSNESS
Contact a GP if you have had a cough for three weeks or more.
CHANGES IN BOWEL HABITS
Speak to a GP if you have noticed these changes and has lasted for more than a few weeks:
- blood in your poo
- diarrhoea or constipation
- a feeling of not fully emptied your bowels after going to the toilet
- pain in your stomach or back passage (anus)
Speak to your GP if you’ve had bloating for three weeks or more.
LUMP IN YOUR BREAST
Speak to a GP if you notice a lump in your breast or f if you have a lump that’s rapidly increasing in size elsewhere on your body.
Your GP will refer you to a specialist for tests if they think you have cancer.
UNEXPLAINED WEIGHT LOSS
You should also speak to a GP if you’ve lost of weight over the last couple of months that cannot be explained by changes to your diet, exercise or stress.
You should also speak to a GP if you have any unexplained bleeding, such as:
- blood in your urine
- bleeding between periods
- bleeding from your bottom
- blood when you cough
- blood in your vomit
Speak to a GP if you have a mole:
- changes shape or looks uneven
- changes colour,Gets darker or has more than two colours
- starts itching, crusting, flaking or bleeding
- gets larger more raised from the skin