Understand Your Body

Men and women should be aware of the following changes or symptoms:

  • The appearance of lumps anywhere on the body
  • Sores or ulcers that won’t heal
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Moles or skin spots that change in size, shape or colour
  • Changes to bladder and bowel habits
  • A persistent cough or hoarseness that won’t go away.

Men should also be aware of the following changes or symptoms:

  • Persistent changes to urination
  • Changes to their testicles.

Women should be aware of the following changes or symptoms:

  • Changes to their breasts including lumps, lumpiness, a thickened area, unusual nipple discharge, a nipple that turns inwards (if it hasn’t always been that way), a change in shape or colour or unusual pain
  • Unusual abdominal bloating
  • Blood loss or spotting between periods.

Get to know what is normal for you and get checked by your doctor if something is different or you feel something is not quite right.

In addition to being ‘body aware’ you can also participate in cancer screening and look at other ways to detect cancer early.

For more information call 13 11 20. You can also visit Cancer Council’s cut your cancer risk website.