Do I have cancer?

Most people worry about their health at some time. Find support and information if you are worried you might have cancer.

I'm worried about cancer symptoms

Symptoms are changes in how you feel or how your body works. A change does not usually mean you have cancer, but it could be something that needs treatment.

It is a good idea to get any symptoms that are ongoing, unexplained or unusual for you checked by your GP. If it is cancer, the earlier it is found, the more likely it is to be cured.

You can read more about getting symptoms checked in our information about possible signs and symptoms of cancer.

Booklets and resources

What is cancer screening?

Sometimes, cancer is found through cancer screening. This means using tests to find people who may:

  • have cancer – so it can be treated early and effectively
  • need treatment or monitoring – to prevent cancer developing.
The UK has 3 cancer screening programmes. You can have regular screening tests to help find breast or colorectal cancer early, before you notice symptoms. There is also regular screening to prevent cervical cancer. This looks at the cervix for changes that could become cancer if not treated.

Booklets and resources

How can I reduce my risk of cancer?

You cannot reduce your risk of cancer completely. But there are some ways you can lower your risk and improve your general health. You can read more about lifestyle factors and reducing your risk in our information about causes and risk factors.

I'm still worried

Sometimes, health worries are more complicated. If you have more questions, or you cannot stop worrying about your health, it can help to talk to someone:

  • Your GP may be able to help or give you information about counselling services in your area.
  • Call our cancer support specialists on 0808 808 00 00 (7 days a week, 8am to 8pm).
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