SYMPTOMS YOU SHOULD NEVER IGNORE
Some symptoms require expert medical attention as soon as possible. These are:
pain Along with discomfort in your arms, shoulders, neck, jaw or back, chest pain can be a warning sign of heart attack. If you experience the warning signs for 10 minutes, or if they are severe and get progressively worse, call an ambulance immediately — it could save your life.
change in bowel habits If you notice an unexpected change in your bowel habits that continues for two weeks or more, see your doctor. Likewise, you should seek medical advice if you notice bright red or very dark blood after you have been to the toilet. Both can arise from various conditions, but they can also be symptoms of bowel cancer. For more information, visit bowelcanceraustralia.org
unexpected lump If you find a lump in your breast or your testicles, make sure you see your doctor as soon as possible to rule out the possibility of cancer. While most breast changes aren’t symptoms of cancer and many testicular lumps are harmless cysts, it’s important that you get it checked. or pelvic pain
Women who experience this multiple times over a four-week period should see their GP, as abdominal or pelvic pain is one of four common ovarian-cancer symptoms. However, if the pain is sudden and severe, you should go straight to your doctor or the hospital. While most abdominal pain is harmless, it can be caused by something more serious, such as appendicitis.