Key signs and symptoms of cancer
It’s important to know your body and to tell your doctor if you notice a change which isn’t normal for you.
Anyone can develop cancer, but it’s more common as we get older – most cases are in people aged 50 or over. Don’t put something new or different about your body down to getting older or another health condition you might have. If you notice any unusual changes or anything that doesn’t go away, see your doctor.
The symptoms below are more often caused by something far less serious than cancer, but they could be a sign of the disease
Spotting cancer early means treatment is more likely to be successful (learn more about why early diagnosis is important).
The list below highlights some of the key symptoms to be aware of.
Some possible signs of cancer – like a lump – are better known than others. Because of this, less well-known possible cancer symptoms are listed here first. But that doesn’t mean they’re more important, or more likely to be cancer.
And remember, if you spot anything that isn’t normal for you, whether it’s on this list or not, get it checked out.
Unexplained vaginal bleeding
Very heavy night sweats
Croaky voice or hoarseness
Persistent heartburn or indigestion
Mouth or tongue ulcer that won’t heal
A change in bowel habit, such as constipation, looser poo or pooing more often
Sore that won’t heal
Unusual breast changes
Blood in your poo
Blood in your pee
Unexplained weight loss
New mole or changes to a mole
Coughing up blood
Unexplained pain or ache
Unusual lump or swelling anywhere