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Signs & Symptoms of Cancer


Key signs or symptoms of cancer

No-one knows your body as well as you do.  If you have noticed a change in your body it’s important to speak to your GP as soon as possible so that they can investigate. These symptoms are often caused by other non-cancerous illnesses, but as general guidance things to look out for include:

  • Unexplained lumps, bumps and swellings anywhere on the body
  • Coughing and breathlessness
  • Hoarseness
  • Change in your bowel habits
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Suspicious moles or skin changes

This list does not cover every possible symptom – if you are worried about any change in your body, discuss this with your GP.

At The Mulberry Centre we promote awareness of cancer so that people are informed about how to reduce the risk of cancer and how to spot the signs. If you are interested in a session for your school, workplace, community or social group please contact

Take action

Cancer sadly isn’t preventable, but there are things that we can all do to reduce our risk of getting certain cancers by living a healthier lifestyle.

Things that we can do include:

  • Stopping smoking
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Drinking less alcohol
  • Eating a healthy balanced diet
  • Staying active
  • Protecting your skin from sun damage

If you would like to find out more about how to live a healthier lifestyle, the NHS has some helpful guidance.


More information

There are hundreds of organisations across the UK that support people with cancer and provide information.  If you would like to find out more about different types of cancer we have compiled a list below.  This list is by no means exhaustive, so if you would like information about a specific type of cancer we have not mentioned then Macmillan and Cancer Research are good resources for further information.


Breast Cancer:

NHS Website – female symptoms

NHS Website – male symptoms

Breast Cancer Care Website

Macmillan Website

Bowel Cancer:

NHS Website – symptoms

Beating Bowel Cancer – symptoms

Cancer Research UK Website

Lung Cancer:

NHS Website

Cancer Research UK Website – symptoms

Roycastle Website – symptoms

Prostate Cancer:

NHS Website

Prostate Cancer UK Website

Macmillan Website

Skin cancer:

NHS Website

NHS Website – malignant melanoma

Macmillan Website

Womb Cancer:

NHS Website – symptoms

Macmillan Website

Cancer Research UK – symptoms

Testicular Cancer:

NHS Website

Macmillan Website

Orchid Cancer Website

Ovarian Cancer:

NHS Website

Macmillan Website

Target Ovarian Cancer Website

Cervical Cancer:

NHS Website

Macmillan Website

Jo’s Trust Website