Cancer Research UK has warned that 100,000 cancer patients are being diagnosed too late every year.
It has blamed staff shortages as a key reason for the delays, and has said government inaction is "crippling" the NHS. Public Health England said that around 115,000 people were diagnosed with stage 3 or 4 cancer in 2017, and the government has vowed to have three quarters of patients diagnosed at an earlier stage by 2028. Knowing the symptoms to look out for can be essential to an early diagnosis. Here are ten important signs to watch out for.
1. Persistent coughing
Having a cough for a few months is more than just a bug or a cold, and should be checked with a GP.