These symptoms are often caused by other, non-cancerous illnesses, but it is important you see your GP so they can investigate. Other potential signs and symptoms of cancer are outlined below.
Lump in your breast
See your GP if you notice a lump in your breast, or if you have a lump that is 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.
Coughing, chest pain and breathlessness
You should visit your GP if you have had a cough for more than three weeks.
Symptoms such as shortness of breath or chest pain may be a sign of an acute (severe) condition, such as pneumonia (a lung infection). Go to see your GP straight away if you experience these types of symptoms.
Changes in bowel habits
Go to see your GP if you have experienced one of the changes listed below and it has lasted for more than a few weeks:
You should also go to see your GP if you have any unexplained bleeding such as:
Go to see your GP if you have a mole that:
Any of the above changes means that there is a chance you have malignant melanoma (skin cancer).
Unexplained weight loss
You should also go to see your GP if you have lost a lot of weight over the last couple of months that cannot be explained by changes to your diet, exercise or stress.
For more information
The following links have more useful information about cancer.
Page last updated: January 7, 2013