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See your doctor if you notice unusual changes like:

  • a new lump or thickening in any part of your body
  • a sore that does not heal
  • unusual breast changes e.g. 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, an unusual pain or a change in skin texture
  • a spot or mole that is new or has changed in shape, size, colour or bleeds
  • unusual bleeding or discharge
  • any vaginal bleeding after menopause
  • persistent indigestion or difficulty swallowing
  • any changes in your bowel habits e.g. diarrhoea, constipation or blood in the bowel action
  •  any unexpected weight loss
  • coughing, hoarseness or a sore throat that doesn’t go away

These signs don’t mean you have cancer, but it is important to have them checked by your local doctor. Cancer Council SA provides information on early detection through Cancer Council 13 11 20.


This webpage was last reviewed and updated in January 2020.