Cancer is a condition where cells in the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably, leading to the destruction of healthy tissue. More than one in three people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime, according to the NHS. So how can you spot it? While each cancer has its own individual set of symptoms, there are some more general ones to note.
Some possible signs of cancer, like a lump, are better known than others.
Cancer Research UK lists five, less-well-known possible cancer symptoms.
Persistent heartburn or indigestion
While it’s normal to feel slight discomfort or pain after eating a large fatty or spicy meal, the cancer research charity says if you have heartburn or ingestion a lot, particularly if it’s painful, it may be time to see your doctor.
Again, bloating can be normal after eating a bit meal or eating certain foods, it could also be the sign of a food intolerance.
But it advises: “If you feel bloated, most days, even if it comes and goes, make an appointment to see your doctor.”
A change in bowel habit
Changes in bowel habit or counted as constipation, looser poo or point more often.
It says: “Stomach bugs and food poisoning are often the cause of loose, frequent bowel motions.
“But if you’ve noticed any change in your bowel habit, it’s important to tell your doctor.”
New mole or change to a mole
While most moles are harmless and remain harmless throughout our lives, you should still make sure to check them.
“Be aware of any new moles or existing moles that change in size, shape or colour, becomes crusty or bleed or ooze. Let your doctor know,” it warns.
Unexplained weight loss
Small weight loss changes over time are considered normal, but if you lose a noticeable amount of weight without trying to, you should let your doctor know, it says.
Other unexplained weight loss causes include Crohn’s disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and can be the result of certain medications.