Know your body. Anyone can develop cancer, but it is more common as we get older – most cases of cancer are detected are in people aged 50 or over. Studies have shown that people in Africa often develop cancer at a younger age than in the rest of the world – especially breast and prostate cancer. It is important to understand that the sooner your cancer gets detected, the more likely you are to have successful treatment outcomes.  Many people think when something different happens in their body, it is because they are getting older. But if you notice any unusual or persistent changes in your body that is not normal for you, go and see your doctor as soon as possible.

Could it be cancer? Here is a list of symptoms compiled by Cancer Research UK. Please note that the symptoms below are more likely to be caused by something far less serious than cancer, but they could be a sign of the disease.

Your Body Signs and Symptoms
Mouth Mouth or tongue ulcer that won’t heal
Throat Region Difficulty swallowing
Croaky voice or hoarseness
Chest Region Breathlessness
Coughing up blood
Persistent cough
Unusual breast changes
Gut Persistent heartburn or indigestion
Persistent bloating
Change in bowel habit
Blood in your stool
Urinary System Blood in your urine
Problems urinating
Skin Sore that won’t heal
Heavy night sweats
New mole or changes to a mole
Reproductive System Unexplained vaginal bleeding
Body Weight Unexplained weight loss
Others Unexplained pain or ache
Unusual lump or swelling anywhere