Cancer rates are rising, with more and more people being diagnosed each year. According to the NHS, more than one in three people will develop some form of cancer in their lifetime.
In the UK, the four most common types of cancer are breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer and bowel cancer. However, there are more than 200 types of cancer.
Symptoms between the different types of cancer vary, but some can signal more than one type of cancer.
Unexplained bleeding can be a sign of many different types of cancer, depending on where the bleeding is coming from.
If you notice bleeding from these parts of the body, see a GP, as it could be a sign of these types of cancer.
Blood in your urine
Blood in urine isn’t usually caused by anything serious, but should always be examined by a doctor.
Always see a doctor about blood in urine, even if you have no other symptoms, it’s only happened once, there’s only a small amount of blood, or you’re not 100 per cent sure if it is definitely blood.
It could be a sign of a urinary tract infection, kidney stones, or enlarged prostate in men, but in some cases could signal cancer of the bladder, kidneys or prostate.
Bleeding from your bottom
A small amount of one-off bleeding from the bottom isn’t usually a serious problem.
However, if you have had blood in your poo for three weeks or more, see a GP, especially if it is accompanied by other bowel changes or pain.
The NHS advises getting an urgent appointment if your poo is black or dark red, or you have bloody diarrhoea for no obvious reason.
Bleeding from the bottom could be a sign of bowel cancer.
Blood in your cough or vomit
Coughing up blood can often be the result of prolonged coughing or a chest infection, but always see your GP if you notice it, even it’s a tiny amount.
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This is because it could be a sign of cancer of the lungs, throat or windpipe.
Blood in vomit should always be checked by a doctor immediately, because it usually means there’s bleeding somewhere in your oesophagus, stomach or small intestine.
This could be a sign of a condition like a stomach ulcer, or in less common cases could signify cancer of the oesophagus or stomach.
Whether it’s cancer or not, blood in vomit will indicate a condition that needs attention.
“These symptoms are often caused by other, non-cancerous illnesses, but it's important to see your GP so they can investigate,” said the NHS.