Cancer symptoms

Signs and symptoms

Athough they are often caused by a non-cancerous illness, it's important to be aware of any unexplained changes to your body, such as:

  • blood in your pee or poo
  • a lump
  • persistent cough
  • breathless 
  • bloating
  • weight loss 
  • a pain that does not go away

 If you have had any of these for longer than three weeks, or any symptoms not listed that you are concerned about, it’s important to speak to your GP.

Finding cancer early means it's easier to treat.  If your GP suspects cancer, they'll refer you to a specialist – usually within two weeks. 

Cancer Research UK, has produced the below graphic to help you spot possible signs of cancer:

 symptoms guide

More information

Visit the following websites for more information about cancer signs and symptoms: