When caught early cancer is much more treatable

If you have any doubts about your health – it’s time to speak up.

Found early, cancer can be cured, treated, managed and lived with. Take time to get to know your body and the signs to watch for. Be aware of any changes. If a change lasts, get it checked by a doctor.

The information on this site is to help you understand the signs and symptoms of the most common cancers. If you think you have any of these symptoms, don’t panic, many symptoms of cancer are also those of non-cancer illnesses which may need treatment.

If you are worried:

  1. Tell your doctor straight away
  2. Get it sorted
  3. Move on with your life

Attend your screening appointment and any tests or hospital appointments that your doctor recommends. This will help detect any early signs of cancer.

Bg sect1

Find out more

You can find out what to look out for in some of the most common cancers in this section.

In addition, there are some general symptoms to watch for:

  • An unusual lump or swelling anywhere on your body
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Unexplained bleeding
  • A persistent unexplained pain or ache
  • Be aware of any family history

If you are worried, tell your doctor and get checked out.

Their stories

Michele bowel

"Trust your instincts and get some advice; I did and it probably saved my life.”

Find out more
Jeanette breast

"I was 44 when I found a lump in my right breast, which was very quickly diagnosed as breast cancer.”

Find out more
Mark lung

"I was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2012 after having shoulder pains.”

Find out more
Trevor prostate

"Because I went early, my prostate cancer was treatable and now I am back at work and never miss an Albion match!”

Find out more
Stewart skin

"I had a mole that had changed - I got it checked thinking it would be nothing.”

Find out more
Matthew testicular

"I went to my GP when I found a lump in one of my testicles.”

Find out more
Jemma cervical

"Some changes were found on my cervix when I went for screening.”

Find out more
Sonia regular

"I did my bowel screening kit and the second one showed an abnormality.”

Find out more
Lower your risk
Having a healthy lifestyle can reduce
your chance of getting cancer.

Stopping smoking, drinking less alcohol, getting active and eating healthy foods are all proven to lower your risk. These things can be hard to do. So there’s help on our Lower Your Risk page and links to other organisations in Brighton who could support you.

Speak Up Against Cancer is for people who live in Brighton and Hove,
and brought to you by Albion in the Community.

If you don’t live in Brighton and want more information,
visit the NHS site Be Clear on Cancer.

Learn More