Help Us Help You – Tummy Trouble



If you’ve had tummy trouble for three weeks or more, such as discomfort or diarrhoea, tell your GP. They will want to see you and you won’t be wasting their time.


If you have noticed blood in your pee, even just once, this can be a sign of cancer and you need to tell your GP. Also let them know if you notice changes like sudden urges to pee or needing to go more often.


Finding cancer early makes it more treatable and can save lives.


Persistent tummy troubles that can be possible signs of cancer include:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Being bloated most days
  • Pain in the tummy area or constipation
  • Feeling sick
  • Blood in your poo


If you have any of these for three weeks or more, tell your GP. You should also speak to your GP if you notice any other unusual changes such as a lump in the tummy area, post-menopausal bleeding, abnormal vaginal bleeding, or unexplained weight loss, as these can also be signs of cancer.


The number of people being sent for urgent cancer checks by their GP has been at record levels since March 2021. A higher proportion of cancers are being diagnosed at an early stage now than before the pandemic.


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