If you notice a sign or symptom, that you think may be linked to cancer, the most important thing to do is deal with it straight away. Whilst it’s tempting to bury your head in the sand, the quicker you see someone, the better any potential prognosis might be. And you’ll save yourself any more stress and worry, than is really necessary.
Signs and symptoms of cancer
There are lots of things you might notice that could be linked to cancer. But it doesn’t mean they are. It’s important to be aware of what’s normal for you, and be aware of what any possible symptoms could be. You can find out more about cancer signs and symptoms here.
Seek professional advice
Visit your GP
Make an appointment with your GP or appropriate healthcare professional as soon as you notice something isn’t right. Don’t put this off or be nervous or embarrassed. They’ve seen everything before, and may be able to put your mind at ease straightaway. If you’re worried, write things down including a list of symptoms, any useful dates or other health conditions or family history you might feel are relevant.
If you’ve made an appointment but want to speak to someone sooner, our experienced Support Line nurses are on hand to help with your questions or concerns. They won’t be able to give you a diagnosis, but they might be able to reassure you or flag other things that are useful for your doctor to know. Simply pick up the phone and call free on 0808 808 1010 or use our Ask the Nurse form to put your thoughts down in writing.