Signs and symptoms

It's important to be aware of any new or worrying symptoms.

Although it's unlikely to be cancer, it's important to speak to a GP so they can investigate. Finding cancer early means it's easier to treat.

If your GP suspects cancer, they'll refer you to a specialist – usually within 2 weeks.

Speak to a GP if you've noticed these changes and it's lasted for 3 weeks or more:

Bloating

Speak to a GP if you've had bloating for 3 weeks or more.

You should also speak to a GP if you have any unexplained bleeding, such as:

Contact a GP if you've had a cough for 3 weeks or more.

Symptoms such as shortness of breath or chest pain may also be a sign of a condition such as pneumonia. Speak to a GP straight away if you have these types of symptoms.

Speak to a GP if you notice a lump in your breast or 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 may have cancer.

Speak to a GP if you have a mole that:

Any of the above changes means there's a chance you have malignant melanoma, a form of skin cancer.

You should also speak to a GP if you've lost a lot of weight over the last couple of months that cannot be explained by changes to your diet, exercise or stress.

Read about unintentional weight loss.

The following links have more useful information about cancer: