- Cancer symptoms usually include unexpected changes to the body
- Weight loss and breathlessness could be signs of a cancer
- Finding blood in your urine and persistent bloating could be caused by cancer
- Speak to a GP if you have a croaky voice or loss of appetite
Cancer is caused by cells in the body growing and reproducing uncontrollably, according to the NHS.
The cancerous cells destroy the surrounding tissue, and may spread to other parts of the body.
More than one in three people will develop cancer at some point in their lifetime.
But, there are more than 200 different types of cancer, and each one has different signs and symptoms.
These are the most common symptoms of cancer, and signs that you should speak to a doctor.
Small weight changes over a long period of time is normal, said charity Cancer Research UK.
But, if you lose a noticeable amount of weight when you haven’t been trying to, you should speak to a doctor.
“It’s quite common for women to experience bloating of the abdomen that comes and goes,” said the charity.
“But if you feel bloated, most days, even if it comes and goes, make an appointment to see your doctor.”
Blood in urine
You should always report finding blood in your urine to a doctor.
It’s usually not caused by a cancer, and can be treated quickly and efficiently. But, it may be a sign of some cancers.
“Some medical conditions can make it difficult to swallow,” said Cancer Research UK.
“But if you are having difficulty swallowing and the problem doesn’t go away, it should be checked out.”
Not feeling as hungry as usual could be a warning sign of a cancer, warned the charity.
Speak to a doctor if you’ve noticed that you’ve lost your appetite, and it’s not getting any better,
“Having a croaky voice or feeling hoarse can be common with colds,” said Cancer Research UK.
“But a croaky voice that hasn’t gone away on its own should be checked out by your doctor.”
It’s normal to feel out of breath every now and again, especially after exercising.
But, you should speak to a GP if you’re feeling breathless more than normal, or for a longer period of time.
Sores that won’t heal
The charity said: “The skin repairs itself very quickly and any damage usually heals within a week or so.
“When a spot, wart or sore doesn’t heal, even if it’s painless, a doctor needs to check it.”
Unexplained aches or pains
Pain is one of the ways the body tells us that something isn’t right.
Aches and pains are more common as you get older, but unexplained aches may be sign of something more serious.