Symptoms to look out for

The following symptoms could indicate cancer or may have other explanations:


  • Unusual bleeding, for instance from your anus, genitalia, nipples, blood in sputum or urine.
  • Thickening or lumps, for instance in the scrotum, breasts, groin, neck, lips, tongue or armpits.
  • Unexplained weight loss.
  • Persistent cough or hoarseness.
  • Prolonged difficulty swallowing.
  • Sores that will not heal e.g., in the mouth or on genitals.
  • Changes in bowel movements or urination, e.g. chronic diarrhoea, or constipation, blood in stool, difficulty urinating.
  • New birthmarks or changes in spots, e.g., size, shape or colour.
  • Chronic discomfort in your digestive tract, e.g., tummy aches and bloating.
  • Fatigue that persists after rest or sleep.
  • Unexplained chronic pain for no clear reason.

If you have any of these symptoms make an appointment with a doctor.

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