Treatment can be more effective when cancer is found early. Keep an eye out for any unusual changes to your body, such as:
- Lumpiness or a thickened area in your breasts, any changes in the shape or colour of your breasts, unusual nipple discharge, a nipple that turns inwards (if it hasn’t always been that way) or any unusual pain.
- A lump in the neck, armpit or anywhere else in the body.
- Sores or ulcers that don’t heal.
- Coughs or hoarseness that won’t go away or coughing up blood.
- Changes in toilet habits that last more than two weeks, blood in a bowel motion.
- New moles or skin spots, or ones that have changed shape, size or colour, or that bleed.
- Unusual vaginal discharge or bleeding.
- Unexplained weight loss.
Remember there are free screening programs available for breast cancer, cervical cancer and bowel cancer.