Cancer Symptoms - Early signs

Know your body and what signs to look for 

Simply being aware of your body, how it feels and what it looks like will help you to recognise any changes if, or when they occur.   


If you notice any changes that last for more than three weeks, make sure you inform your GP Practice.  Some common signs include: 


  • blood in your pee or poo 

  • a lump 

  • persistent cough 

  • breathless  

  • bloating 

  • weight loss  

  • a pain that does not go away 


If you have any of these, try not to worry, it’s very likely it will not be related to cancer but it’s always worth checking if you’re unsure. 

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Cancer Research UK

West Essex GP Dr Sara Astbury advises, “Many signs and symptoms are nothing to worry about, however it’s really important that you don’t ignore symptoms for too long, if something has changed, particularly if it lasts for 3 weeks or more, please contact your GP Practice to discuss your symptoms with a Health Professional. If you are experiencing severe symptoms then call sooner or ring NHS 111 for advice."  

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GP Dr Sara Astbury

Symptom check videos

Although symptoms are often caused by a non-cancerous illness, it's important to be aware of any unexplained changes to your body.   

This useful series of "Know the Symptoms" videos cover the most common signs or symptoms relating to the following types of cancer:   

Breast Cancer

Bowel Cancer

Bladder and Kidney Cancer 

Cervical and Ovarian Cancer

Lung Cancer

Prostate and Testicular Cancer

Skin Cancer


More information


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


It's important to book an appointment to see your see GP if you have symptoms that you're worried about.

Find your GP's details in our West Essex GP Directory

Who to contact for help or information​

GP Directory - locate your local GP


Local cancer support services - find support and information in our local cancer directory 


Cancer Care Map is a simple, online resource that aims to help you find cancer support services in your local area