Cancer

Find out more about cancer, spotting the signs and reducing your risk of cancer.

What is cancer?

Cancer starts in our cells. Cells are tiny building blocks that make up the organs and tissues of our body.

Detecting cancer earlier

Knowing how your body normally looks and feels can help you be aware of any changes that could be caused by cancer. If you have any symptoms that are ongoing, unexplained or unusual for you it’s important to see your doctor.

Respiratory symptoms

If you get out of breath doing things you used to be able to do, or you’ve had a cough for three weeks or more, it could be a sign of lung or heart disease, or even cancer.

Cancer screening

Cancer screening is meant for healthy people with no symptoms at all. Screening looks for early signs that could indicate cancer is developing.

Urgent referral

If you notice any unusual symptoms or changes to your body, go and see your GP. Many symptoms are often caused by conditions other than cancer.

My Cancer Treatment

My Cancer Treatment is a national NHS website which can help you find the best cancer service for you. The site also includes online resources and news.

Living with and beyond cancer

Who is a person “living with and beyond cancer”?

Charity partners

Learn about charities and voluntary organisations helping to fight cancer.