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Check Yourself Tuesday


We are encouraging you all, to get to know your own body and get to know what is 'normal' for you. Check yourself frequently, that way you should quickly pick up changes to your body that aren't normal for you.

It is likely that these changes are nothing to worry about, but it is always better to play on the safe side. If you feel that there is something wrong, it is important to visit your GP to get checked out as soon as possible.

There are more than 200 different types of cancer with many different symptoms, but there are some common signs and symptoms to look out for. These include;-

  • An unusual lump or swelling anywhere on your body
  • A change in the size, shape or colour of a mole
  • A sore that won't heal after several weeks
  • A mouth or tongue ulcer or a cough or croaky voice that lasts longer than three weeks
  • Persistent difficulty swallowing, indigestion or persistent bloating in women
  • Problems passing urine or changes to bowel motions or any signs of blood
  • Unexplained weight loss or heavy night sweats
  • An unexplained pain or ache that lasts longer than four weeks
  • Breathlessness
  • Coughing up blood

Some of these symptoms are very subtle and are likely to be nothing to worry about, but please seek medical advice from a GP.