How cancers are diagnosed

You might notice changes in your body. There are lots of possible causes for different symptoms, so it’s important to know what to look out for. If your doctor wants to find out more they might organise different tests or scans.

  • Signs and symptoms

    Find information about the symptoms of cancer and when you should go and see your GP.

  • Tests and scans

    Your medical team will use different tests and scans to see if you have cancer. They may also use them to find out more about the cancer.

  • Bowel screening

    Bowel screening helps cancer to be spotted early, which is when treatment can be most successful.

  • Breast screening

    Breast screening can help detect cancer so it can be treated as soon as possible. The sooner cancer is treated, the more effective treatment will be.

  • Cervical screening

    Cervical screening, which might also be called having cervical smear, can prevent cancer. It can also detect any abnormalities that your doctor might want to look at in more detail. Find out what to expect from the test and the possible results.

  • PSA test

    A PSA test can help you and your doctors decide whether to have other tests for prostate cancer.