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.

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.

Concerned about breast cancer?

Public Health England has set up a helpline on 0800 169 2692 for women to call for advice. 

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.

Living with and beyond cancer

People who have finished cancer treatment often report having difficulties financially, emotionally, practically and medically.

Charity partners

Learn about charities and voluntary organisations helping to fight cancer.