It’s important to be aware of any new or worrying symptoms, such as blood in your pee or poo, a lump, persistent bloating or a cough for 3 weeks or more.
Contact a GP if you’ve had a cough for 3 weeks or more.
Symptoms such as shortness of breath or chest pain may also be a sign of a condition such as pneumonia. Speak to a GP straight away if you have these types of symptoms.
Speak to a GP if you’ve noticed these changes and it’s lasted for more than a few weeks:
Speak to a GP if you’ve had bloating for 3 weeks or more.
Speak to a GP if you notice a lump in your breast or if you have a lump that’s rapidly increasing in size elsewhere on your body.
Your GP will refer you to a specialist for tests if they think you may have cancer.
You should also speak to a GP if you’ve lost a lot of weight over the last couple of months that cannot be explained by changes to your diet, exercise or stress.
Read about unintentional weight loss.
You should also speak to a GP if you have any unexplained bleeding, such as:
Speak to a GP if you have a mole that:
Any of the above changes means there’s a chance you have malignant melanoma, a form of skin cancer.