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As you get older, you are more likely to experience one or more health conditions.
It can be easy to assume that new problems are part of the ageing process or existing conditions. But if you are experiencing any new, persistent symptoms, there is a chance they could be a sign of cancer, so it’s important that you tell a GP or another healthcare professional.
In particular, if you notice any of the following symptoms, you should contact your GP:
These symptoms can be caused by conditions other than cancer. Even if they are not symptoms of cancer, your GP will be able to help you manage them.
Some people with these symptoms are reluctant or embarrassed to tell their GP. However, if cancer is found early, treatment is more likely to be successful, so it's important to tell your GP about these symptoms.
We can send you more information about cancer symptoms. Call the Macmillan Support Line|.
You can download our table of questions you may have about cancer symptoms| [PDF, 114kb]. The table also suggests people who may be able to answer the questions.
Content last reviewed: 1 December 2012
Next planned review: 2014
For answers, support or just a chat, call the Macmillan Support Line free (Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm)
If you have any questions about cancer, need support or just want someone to talk to, ask Macmillan.
Using the Macmillan Organiser to keep a record of any symptoms or pain you’ve experienced makes it easier to get the right support.
This information is included in our booklet about cancer and older people. You can order it for free from our be.Macmillan website.
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