EVERYONE is being encouraged to be extra aware of their health today and check themselves.
It's World Cancer Day and that means one thing - encouraging the prevention, detection and treatment of the deadly disease.
Catch cancer early and it's likely you will survive, but knowing the symptoms of different cancers is integral to early diagnosis.
As The Sun's Deborah James, who was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer at 35, tells us: "Getting diagnosed early is key - and can be the difference between life and death.
"Sadly over half of cancers diagnosed are at the latest stages.
"And actually many cancers are preventable and curable if they have been caught early.
If you are concerned about anything always, always get it checkedDeborah James
"If you are concerned about anything always, always get it checked.
"Don’t be embarrassed and don’t think it’s better to bury it because actually if you are faced with a late diagnosis you would do anything to get cancer early - I should know.
"I’m lucky to be here alive today but too many of my fellow cancer buddies are not."
Here, Deborah takes us through the parts everyone should be checking, and what to look out for...
1. Your head
Everyone's experienced one of those throbbing headaches - and they're usually down to stress or tension.
However, if your headaches are getting worse over time or are different from your usual headaches, it could be the sign of a brain tumour.
It is very important you see a doctor if this happens - especially if your headaches wake you up at night or are worse in the morning.
The headache may also be worse when you cough, sneeze or bend down and increased pressure can also cause symptoms, such as changes to your sight, feeling confused or problems with your balance.
2. Your mouth
It’s common to get ulcers in the mouth when you’re a bit run down.
The lining of the mouth renews itself every two weeks or so, which is why ulcers usually heal within this time.
But an ulcer that doesn’t heal after three weeks should be reported to your doctor or dentist - as you could have mouth cancer.
Another sign of the disease includes unexplained, persistent lumps in the mouth that do not go away.
3. Your cough
Most coughs disappear after three or four weeks.
But if yours doesn't and if you're short of breath and coughing up phlegm with signs of blood, it could be a sign of lung cancer.
Chances are, if you're a non-smoker especially, it won't be anything to worry about.
But 43,500 Brits are diagnosed with lung cancer every year, so it's best to check and be on the safe side.
4. Your breasts
Lumps are not the only breast changes that should be reported to a doctor.
It's important to watch for inverted nipples, fluid oozing from the nipple, a sore or rash around the nipple, hard, red skin, swellings or lumps in the armpit.
And, men, don't think you're exempt - men can get breast cancer too.
How to check for breast cancer
Step one: Begin by looking in a mirror, facing it with your arms on your hips and your shoulders straight. You should be looking for any dimpling, puckering, bulging skin, redness, soreness, a rash or changes in the nipple.
Step two: Still looking in the mirror, raise both arms above your head and check for the same changes.
Step three: With your arms still above your head, check for any fluid coming from the nipples. This can include milky, yellow or watery fluid, or blood.
Step four: While lying down use your opposite hand to check each breast. Using a few fingers, keeping them flat and together, go in a small circular motion around your breasts. Make sure you feel the entire breast by going top to bottom in these small circles. It helps to develop a system or pattern to make sure every inch is covered. Use light pressure for the skin and tissue just beneath, medium pressure for the tissue in the middle of your breasts, and firm pressure to feel the tissue at the back, feeling down to your ribcage.
It's rare, yes, but that doesn't mean it's not worth squatting up on.
If you spot any of the signs, don't let embarrassment put you off, go see your GP - and know they have seen it all! No judgement there.
5. Your weight
It's always nice to notice the pounds dropping off, but be warned - drop too fast and there could be something nasty going on.
The key here is "unexplained" weight loss - a disappearing beer belly for seemingly no reason.
If you haven't been trying to trim down but have, that's when the alarm bells should start to ring.
Losing more than 10lbs without trying could be one of the first signs of cancers of the pancreas, stomach, oesophagus, or lungs.
Cancer Research UK states: "If you normally weigh 10 stone and lose half a stone in a month, or a stone in six months, that would need investigating."
6. Your moles
It's the most common form of cancer in the UK - killing seven Brits every day.
However, many Brits are still clueless when it comes to spotting the signs of skin cancer.
In particular, moles can be a key sign of skin cancer - and people need to be on the lookout for any new moles or any changes in the size, shape or colour of existing ones.
If they become crusty, bloody or seem to ooze any liquid, they also need to be checked out.
Caught early, skin cancer has a good survival rate - 90 per cent if the disease is detected at stage one.
And experts estimate 86 per cent of cases are preventable.
7. Your tummy
Bloating is something we all experience every now and then, but if it's happening all the time it could be a sign of something serious.
Chances are your full-feeling tummy is probably just down to something you ate, but if it keeps coming back you should see a doctor just to be safe.
Persistent bloating can be a sign of ovarian cancer, yet only a third of women in the UK would go to their doctor about it, according to women's charity The Eve Appeal.
Similarly, if you have heartburn or indigestion a lot, or if it is particularly painful, then you should see your doctor.
8. Your lady bits
Check your lady garden for any changes or unusual lumps.
And, at a time when cervical cancer screening is at an all time low - get that smear test booked.
Bleeding or ‘spotting’ between periods can be a side effect of the contraceptive pill.
But still see your doctor if you bleed from the vagina between periods, or after sex or after the menopause.
9. Your manhood
It's fact of life, blokes play with (rearrange) their manhood.
So next time you've got your hands down there, just take a moment to check them.
If you notice a lump, heaviness or thickness on your balls it could be a warning sign of testicular cancer.
It's a cancer that is more common in younger blokes, so don't think you're immune just because of your age - this isn't an old man's disease.
Similarly, if you notice any changes to the skin on your penis, it's worth taking note.
How to check your balls for signs of testicular cancer – in 3 simple steps
A terrifying 68 per cent of men don't know how to check themselves for signs of testicular cancer.
That's really worrying, given that testicular cancer is the most common cancer among young men aged 15-49 in the UK.
Although most men survive the disease, one in 20 die of it - and usually, that's because they don't do anything about it in time.
It's critically important to perform regular self-checks, as early diagnosis can prove life-saving.
Here are three simple steps for checking your balls...
Step 1 - Get steamy
This might not be as exciting as it first seems, but stick with it.
A hot shower is the best place to get in the know, when it comes to your balls.
The warm temperatures will get your nuts in the mood for the next step.
Step 2 - Get handsy
Well, to be accurate, get your fingers on your balls.
The best way to have a good feel about is to gently roll your testicle between your thumb and fingers.
You'll get a sense of how they feel, their size and shape.
By repeating this every week or so, you'll get a good picture of what's normal means for your nuts.
Step 3 - Go again
Easiest step so far, repeat part two just on your second, as yet un-touched testicle.
It could be a red patch, a velvety rash under the foreskin, a change in colour or a patch of thicker skin.
They tend to be the first warning signs of penile cancer - yep, that's cancer specifically of the penis.
Other signs include lumps, crusty bumps, an ulcer or sore and smelly discharge.
Penis cancer is deadly, and can end up in amputation - so when we say it's not worth the risk, it really isn't. Get any changes checked out asap.
10. Your pee and poo
It may seem gross but your number ones and twos can tell a lot about your health - and show some tell-tale signs of cancer.
Blood in your poo is one of the red-flag warning signs of bowel cancer - the second deadliest cancer in the UK.
That combined with a change in your toilet habits - going more often than normal, suffering more constipation, and anything else out of the ordinary for you, should kick you in gear to get checked out.
If you spot blood in your pee, it could be a sign of bladder or kidney cancer.
Chances are it's something far less sinister like haemorrhoids or a UTI, but it's not worth running the risk - get checked.
11. Aches and pains
Pain is one way our bodies tell us that something is wrong.
As we get older, it‘s more common to experience aches and pains.
But if you have unexplained, ongoing pain, or pain that comes and goes, make an appointment to see your doctor.
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What should you do?
If you spot any of these signs or changes, first things first... don't panic.
In many cases there will be another, much less scary explanation.
But, don't delay either. If you notice a change or are worried about something book in to see your GP, it's much better to be safe than sorry.
And having the courage to make that call really could save your life.