Male sitting in a cafe with a 'jack in the box' type toy to represent a surprise and the key words 'don't let the thought of cancer play on your mind'. NHS branding under the help us help you banner.If something in your body doesn’t feel right, don't let the thought of cancer play on your mind. It’s probably nothing serious, but finding cancer early makes it more treatable.

Contact your GP practice if you experience any of the below symptoms:

  • Tummy trouble, such as discomfort or diarrhoea for three weeks or more
  • Blood in your pee even just once
  • Unexpected or unexplained bleeding
  • Unexplained pain that lasts three weeks or more
  • An unexplained lump
  • A cough for three weeks or more (that isn’t COVID 19

Not all the symptoms of cancer are easy to spot. Contact your GP practice if you experience one or more of these symptoms, for three weeks or more:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Feeling tired and unwell and not sure why
  • Heartburn or indigestion
  • Unusual, pale or greasy poo

Your GP may refer you for tests to rule out cancer. Most people who go for tests find out it’s not cancer. Finding out sooner is always better. Whatever the result, your NHS is here for you.

Cancer screening

Screening is the process of identifying healthy people who may have an increased chance of a disease or condition. Check out this screening timeline leaflet here.

We are lucky to have a range of cancer screening programmes available on the NHS to detect cancer early when it’s easier to treat. If you are eligible you will get information through the post for these three cancer screening programmes:

You can also make simple changes to your lifestyle to reduce your risk of developing cancer. For example, eating healthily, taking regular exercise and not smoking.

Read more information about screening here: