If you notice any changes to your body, it is important that you visit your GP. They may refer you to a specialist.

Symptoms and screening

If you notice any changes to your body, it is important that you visit your GP. There can be different reasons for these changes or symptoms. You may think that other health conditions are causing the symptoms. Or you may think they are just changes that are happening as you get older. But if you have any new symptoms that do not go away, it is important to tell your GP. If your GP wants to find out more, they may arrange different tests or scans.

Sometimes, cancer is found through cancer screening. In the UK, cancer screening is offered for:

Visiting your GP

Before visiting your GP, it is a good idea to plan what you want to say. You could write down any questions you have. You may also want to record any symptoms you have. You could use a symptom diary for this. A symptom diary can help you describe your symptoms when you visit your GP. This will help your GP decide what the problem may be. They will want to know how long you have had the symptoms. They may ask if anything makes the symptoms better or worse.

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