Knowing the signs of cancer

If it is cancer, early diagnosis can make all the difference. The sooner cancer is detected, the better the chances of successful treatment.

If it is cancer, early diagnosis can make all the difference. The sooner cancer is detected, the better the chances of successful treatment.

Some of the signs of cancer include:

  • An unusual lump or swelling anywhere on your body
  • A change in the size, shape or colour of a mole
  • A cough that lasts longer than three weeks
  • Blood in your urine
  • Blood in your bowel
  • Coughing up blood
  • Persistent difficulty swallowing or indigestion
  • Unexpected weight loss

Additional signs of cancer for women:

  • An unusual breast change
  • Bleeding from the vagina after the menopause or between periods
  • Persistent bloating

Knowing the signs of cancer could save your life

The national Be Clear on Cancer campaign provides up to date information and advice on the signs and symptoms for a range of common cancers. You can also find out more about the latest public awareness campaigns so that you can ‘be clear on cancer’.