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Early diagnosis and treatment of cancer is important.
By being aware of your body and what is "e;normal"e; for you, and talking to your doctor about any new or unexplained symptoms, you can help to ensure that if you do have cancer, it is diagnosed and then treated as early as possible.
There are some common signs and symptoms that may alert you to the fact that something is new or different. You should contact your doctor if you have any of the following that is out of the ordinary for you:
- A persistent cough, breathlessness or hoarseness.
- Any changes to bowel habits that persist for longer than a week.
- Unexplained bleeding that is not usual for you.
- Moles that have changes in appearance.
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Skin changes.
- Unexplained loss of appetite.
- Persistent tiredness or weakness.
In most cases, your symptoms will turn out to be caused by something other than cancer, but they can still be signs of illness, so your doctor will be able to help. Many symptoms are very common and may relate to a seasonal influenza or common virus.
For more information about cancer symptoms, speak to your doctor or call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20.
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