It is important to be aware of any unexplained changes to your body. These symptoms are often caused by other, non-cancerous illnesses, but it is important you see your doctor so they can investigate.
Potential signs and symptoms of cancer are outlined below:
- lumpiness or a thickened area in your breasts, any changes in the shape or colour of your breasts, unusual nipple discharge, a nipple that turns inwards (if it hasn't always been that way) or any unusual pain
- a lump in the neck, armpit or anywhere else in the body
- sores or ulcers that don't heal
- coughs or hoarseness that won't go away or coughing up blood
- changes in toilet habits that last more than two weeks, blood in a bowel motion or urine
- new moles or skin spots, or ones that have changed shape, size or colour, or that bleed
- unusual vaginal discharge or bleeding
- unexplained weight loss
- diarrhoea or constipation for no obvious reason
- a feeling of not having fully emptied your bowels after going to the toilet
- pain in your abdomen (tummy) or your anus (back passage)
- persistent bloating
Remember there are free screening programs available for breast cancer, cervical cancer and bowel cancer.
Last reviewed: January 2018