Do you know four key signs that you should tell your doctor about?

When it comes to cancer, there are four key signs to look out for

  1. 1Blood
    1. Unexplained blood that doesn't come from an obvious injury.
  2. 2An unexplained lump
  3. 3Losing weight
    1. Unexplained weight loss, which feels significant to you.
  4. 4Pain
    1. Any type of unexplained pain that doesn't go away.

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If you notice any of these, make an appointment to discuss it with your GP. The chances are it’s nothing serious, but finding cancer early means that it's more treatable.

Real stories

Maureen Charlton, aged 70, supporter of Cancer Research UK

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I had a lump on the back of my neck the size of a marble and another under my jaw line which was very hard. There was no pain - the lumps were just annoying. But when my daughter noticed the one on my jaw, I went to the doctor.

I had blood tests and a biopsy at the hospital and was diagnosed with lymphoma, a type of cancer. Today I lead an active life and do a lot for charities to raise awareness of cancer.

Cliff Pettifor, aged 73, supporter of Pancreatic Cancer UK

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I’d always been healthy, and enjoyed running to keep fit. But between January and May 2009 I had several bouts of illness, feeling sick with an ache across my stomach.

I went to my doctor, who, after seeing my blood test results, referred me to my local hospital in Nottingham. Following further tests, they found a growth in my pancreas. I was prepared for the worst, but was fortunate – my cancer could be operated on. It is almost four years since my operation and all in all, life is great – I work part-time and I’m even running again.

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