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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 bow­el­cancer­aus­

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.

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