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Cancer Prevention

It is important to recognised key signs and symptoms of cancer for early intervention. Please take a look at this PDF document – Key Signs and Symptoms of Cancer for more details.

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Issues swallowing
  • Breathlessness
  • Croaky or persistent cough
  • Mouth or tongue ulcers that last more than 3 weeks
  • Coughing up blood
  • Persistent indigestion or heartburn
  • Changes to the size, shape and feel of breasts or changes to the skin or nipples
  • Loss of appetite
  • Persistent bloating
  • Change in bowel habits, such as constipation, looser stool, or going to the toilet more often
  • Blood in stool
  • Unexpected vaginal bleeding, between periods or menopause or after having sex
  • Lump or enlargement of either testicle
  • Pain or discomfort in a testicle or scrotum
  • Blood in your urine or issues urinating
  • Needing to pee more frequently, often during the night

Some steps you can take to reduce your risk of cancer:

  • Stop smoking
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Be safe in the sun and apply sunscreen
  • Reduce your alcohol intake

Portsmouth City Council run a wellbeing service who can help support people in stopping smoking, losing weight, reducing your alcohol intake, and maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle.

You can contact them on 02392 294 001, wellbeing@portsmouthcc.gov.uk, or find out more at their website here.