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Danger signs: Treatment, symptoms, advice and help


See your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:

  • Abdominal pain which is persistent
  • Back pain which is frequent or persists on resting
  • Blood in the stools either bright red or black
  • Bowel or bladder habit which has altered
  • Breast thickening or lump; discharge or bleeding from the nipple; dimpling, puckering or scaling of breast skin
  • Breathing difficulty especially if associated with chest pain spreading into the arms, back or throat
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Coughing up blood
  • Dizziness that persists
  • Earache that persists
  • Fatigue that persists
  • Headaches if severe or rapid onset; persistent one sided and associated with a stiff neck and/or rash
  • Hoarseness or change in voice lasting more than 3 weeks
  • Leg pain associated with swelling
  • Mole which bleeds, changes shape, size, colour or itches
  • Sore or ulcer that does not heal
  • Sore throat that persists for more than 3 weeks
  • Swallowing difficulty
  • Testicular swelling or change in shape
  • Vaginal bleeding between periods, after sex, post menopausal or unusual discharge
  • Weight loss that is unexpected