John Challis health: Only Fools star cancels tour due to cancer diagnosis – signs to spot


    • Tummy discomfort
    • Blood in your stool
    • Diarrhoea or constipation for no obvious reason
    • A feeling of not having fully emptied your bowels after going to the toilet
    • Pain in your stomach or back passage (anus).


    Bloating occurs when your gastrointestinal tract (GI) is filled with air or gas. The GI tract runs from your mouth to your anus and includes the entire digestive system. If you feel you are bloated for three weeks or more and for no specific reason, it is important to speak to a GP.


    Unexplained or unexpected bleeding can also be a sign of cancer. Blood can come from various places so it is best to be aware. Blood in your urine, between periods, postmenopausal bleeding, bleeding from your bottom, blood when you cough and blood when you vomit are all signs of unexplained bleeding.

    Chest pain, breathlessness and coughing

    A persistent cough that you cannot seem to get rid of can be an early cancer warning sign. This also includes shortness of breath and chest pain. These symptoms are common for other conditions too, including pneumonia. It is still important to talk to a medical professional if you are experiencing these symptoms.

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