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You should see your doctor if you notice a change that isn't normal for you or if you have any of the possible signs and symptoms of cancer.

Even if you're worried about what the symptom might be, don't delay seeing them. Your worry is unlikely to go away if you don't make an appointment. The symptom might not be due to cancer. But if it is, the earlier it's picked up the higher the chance of successful treatment. You won't be wasting your doctor's time.

Try not to be embarrassed. What you tell your GP is confidential. Doctors are used to discussing intimate problems and will try to put you at ease.

Getting the most out of your GP appointment

When you see the doctor, it can be difficult to remember everything you want to say. These tips will help you get the most out of your appointment.

Top Tips:

  • Write down your symptoms including when they started, when they happen and how often you have them.

  • Write down anything that makes them worse or better.

  • Tell your GP if you are worried about cancer.

  • Tell them if you have any family history of cancer.

  • Take a friend or relative along for support - they could also ask questions and take notes to help you remember what the GP says.

  • Ask the GP to explain anything you don’t understand.

  • Ask the GP to write things down for you if you think it might help.


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