Cancer symptoms are often caused by something less serious, but there’s still a chance it could be a sign of the condition. Any changes in the body should be checked out by a GP. Spotting cancer early means treatment is more likely to be successful. While a lump is one of the more commonly known symptoms of cancer, there are some less well-known signs.
Three signs commonly mistaken for less serious health problems are problems peeing, having blood in poo and persistent bloating, according to Cancer Research UK.
Problems peeing can include needing to pee urgently or more frequently. It could also be unable to go when you need to or experiencing pain.
The cancer charity advises: “These symptoms can all be caused by conditions other than cancer, but it’s important to tell your doctor if you experience any of them.
Blood in poo
Blood in poo is often caused by piles, also known as haemorrhoids.
But it says: “Blood in your poo can sometimes be a sign of cancer.
“Your doctor wants to know if you spot blood when you go to the toilet.”
Bloating is a common problem and can often occur after eating a big meal, spicy food or foods that are hard to digest.
Women may also experience bloating of the abdomen that comes and goes.
But it warns: “If you feel bloated, most days, even if it command goes, make an appointment to see your doctor.”
Other symptoms of cancer which are important to note include:
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding
- Very heavy night sweats
- Croaky voice or hoarseness
- Persistent heartburn or indigestion
- Mouth or tongue ulcer that won’t heal
- Difficulty swallowing
- A change in bowel habit, such as constipation, looser poo or pooing more often
- Sore that won’t heal
- Appetite loss
- Unusual breast changes
- Blood in your pee
- Unexplained weight loss
- New mole or changes to a mole
- Coughing up blood
- Persistent cough
- Unexplained pain or ache
TV presenter Clare Balding was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2009.