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Spot cancer early

Know your body

Getting to know your body and what’s normal for you can help you spot unusual or persistent changes that could be signs of cancer. When it’s diagnosed at an early stage, treatment is more likely to be successful. Anyone can develop cancer, but around nine out of 10 cases occur in people aged 50 or over.

Key signs and symptoms

There are over 200 different types of cancer, with lots of different symptoms. But there are some key signs and symptoms to be aware of, or you can use our interactive symptom checker to find out more.

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Knowing about signs and symptoms helps, but it’s most important to get to know what’s normal for your body. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, get it checked out with your doctor.


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We can help too. If you've got questions or are worried about cancer, then contact one of our nurses by email or phone 0808 800 4040

What's normal for you?

See how well these people know their bodies.

Getting help and seeing the doctor

Sometimes people are worried about seeing the doctor if they’ve noticed a change in their body. Don’t delay seeing your doctor. It probably won’t be cancer, but if it is, getting it diagnosed and treated early can make a real difference. Read about some common questions and worries people have. 

Watch our video about why it’s good to talk about your body.

Know about cancer screening available to you

Cancer screening saves thousands of lives in the UK each year. Cancer screening tests can help detect cancer at an early stage before there are any symptoms, and sometimes also prevent cancer developing in the first place. 

There are three national  cancer screening programmes in the UK. Bowel screening is available to older men and women. All women over 50 are entitled to breast screening with mammography. Cervical screening (or the smear test) is available to women from their mid twenties to mid sixties. 

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Question about cancer? Contact our information nurse team
Updated: 24 August 2012