Symptoms of cancer
Although there’s a good chance you won’t have cancer, don’t put off contacting your GP if you discover a lump or bump, or notice something else unusual. They will be able to advise you on the best approach, despite the pandemic.
The sooner you have a diagnosis, if there is something wrong, the quicker a suitable treatment plan can be put in place. If you do have cancer, this will improve your chances of making a full recovery.
Here, I share the main symptoms of the four most common cancers in the UK: breast, bowel, lung and prostate.
Breast lumps and changes to your breasts
It’s important to check your breasts for lumps and other changes regularly. A breast lump – or an area that feels thicker in your breast – is the most common symptom of breast cancer. This can be in your breast, armpit or upper chest (breast tissue extends all the way up to your collar bone).
There are other changes to your breasts that you should look out for and always flag to your GP. These include:
- discharge or bleeding from your nipple
- a change in the look or texture of your skin
- inflammation or a rash on or around your nipple
- a change to the shape of your nipple or if it becomes sunken or inverted
- a lump or pain in your armpit
- a change in the size or shape of your breast
How to check your breasts – animation
Checking your breasts regularly helps you know what’s normal for you. Our animation shows you how to do it and what to look for.