Key signs and symptoms of cancer

Here are some of the key signs and symptoms of cancer.

They are most likely to be caused by something much less serious than cancer, but they could be a sign of cancer.

Spotting cancer early is important as it means treatment is more likely to be successful. So it’s important you tell your doctor if you notice anything on this list, or any other unusual or persistent change to your body. Although anyone can develop cancer, it’s more common as we get older – around 9 out of 10 cases are in people aged 50 or over.

There are more than 200 different types of cancer, with many different symptoms. This list, in no special order, highlights the key ones to be aware of. But there’s no need to learn symptoms – if you spot something that isn’t normal for you, get it checked out.