January 7, 2019

Signs and symptoms

People are being urged to recognise the early signs and symptoms of life threatening conditions like heart disease and cancer.

Heart disease and cancer are the main causes of early death in Dudley. But if they are identified early and treated most people will make a full recovery and be able to continue to live their lives as before.

Unfortunately, for many people in the borough, these health problems are diagnosed too late, sometimes following admission to hospital. This can be because the symptoms are not recognised and seen as just part of getting older.

You want to be able to enjoy your life. Listen to your body…


Don’t miss the early signs of cancer

  • A cough or shortness of breath
  • Feeling tired for no reason
  • Losing weight without trying to
  • A change in bowel habits
  • A lump, discharge or blood
  • Needing to pee several times at night

Most cancers are treatable the earlier the diagnosis the better the outcome.


Don’t miss the early signs of heart disease

  • Acute pain or discomfort in your chest, arms or jaw
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Jaw, neck or back pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Clammy skin and sweating

Don’t make excuses!

You can prevent a heart attack

If you have experienced these symptoms over the last few weeks or months speak to your doctor urgently.