Spot cancer early

Clive Barley spotted blood in his stools“I went to see my GP after I noticed some blood in my stools.  My cancer was caught in the very early stages and thanks to excellent treatment my experience has been a very positive one.  I now have my life back again and have been able to see two more grandchildren born and see my youngest daughter graduate and get married.” - Clive


Thousands of cancer deaths could be avoided each year through earlier detection and access to better treatment. Diagnosing cancer in its earlier stages means the chances of recovering are much better.

Finding and treating cancer quickly, before it spreads to other parts of the body, can make a big difference.

What can you do to help spot cancer early?

It’s most important to get to know your own body and what’s normal for you, so you’re more likely to notice any unusual or persistent changes that need to be checked out by your doctor. Get to know your body.

You can also find out some key signs and symptoms of cancer to look out for.

What cancer screening is available?

Cancer screening saves thousands of lives in the UK each year. It can help detect cancer at an early stage before there are any symptoms, and sometimes also prevent cancer developing in the first place.

There are three national cancer screening programmes in the UK. Bowel screening is available to older men and women. All women over 50 are entitled to breast screening. Cervical screening (or the smear test) is available to women from their mid twenties to mid sixties.

Questions about cancer?

Cancer Research UK provides clear and easy to understand information for people affected by cancer.

  • Visit CancerHelp UK for reliable, up-to-date information on cancer, treatments and the latest research.
  • Call our specialist cancer nurses freephone on 0808 800 4040 Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm.
  • Visit Cancer Chat and share your information and experiences with others affected by cancer.