10 early warning signs you cannot ignore

If you have one of the following symptoms, see your GP.  Let them know what you have noticed, even if you are not concerned by it. Chances are it is nothing to worry about, but it is better to play safe. And it is important for your overall health to get to the bottom of it.

  1. New lumps or growths on your skin
  2. A sore or bruise that does not heal
  3. A mole that changes in shape, size or colour or bleeds in unusual circumstances
  4. An ongoing cough or hoarseness that last longer than three weeks
  5. Indigestion or difficulty in swallowing
  6. A change in bowel or bladder habits for no good reason
  7. Shortness of breath
  8. Loss of appetite
  9. Unexplained weight loss or tiredness
  10. Blood anywhere it normally should not be – in urine, bowel motions, or from spitting

Learn more about early warning signs for the following cancers that affect men:

Prostate Cancer

After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in Ireland. Each year, about 3,300 men in Ireland are told they have prostate cancer. One in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. If prostate cancer is found early, it can be treated and cured.

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Skin Cancer

Every year about 4,000 men in Ireland get skin cancer. Skin cancer is more common in men than women. The good news is that skin cancer is almost totally preventable and when found early can be very successfully treated.

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Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer is a relatively uncommon cancer. About 170 men in Ireland are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year. Unlike most other cancers however, the majority of testicular cancer occurs in men under 45 years. The good news is that if testicular cancer is detected early, it is very treatable and curable. Here's our visual guide to checking your testicles.  Find out more

Bowel Cancer

Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer in men, with about 1,400 cases diagnosed each year. We know a lot about preventing bowel cancer and a lot about finding bowel cancer early. Maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active, eating well and drinking less alcohol are all things men can do to reduce their risk of bowel cancer.

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Lung Cancer

Lung cancer: Despite a significant decline in lung cancer deaths among men, it is still the leading cause of cancer death among men in Ireland. Lung cancer is mostly a preventable disease, with cigarette smoking by far the main cause.

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Mouth, Head and Neck Cancer

Mouth, head and neck cancer refers to cancers found in tissues of the mouth, head and neck. These cancers are rare with about 250 men being diagnosed in Ireland each year. The exact cause of mouth, head and neck cancer is unknown, but there are risk factors that can increase your chance of developing the disease. The good news is that you can learn about the changes you can make to your lifestyle to reduce your risk of mouth, head and neck cancer.

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Date Last Reviewed: 
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Date Last Revised: 
Thursday, June 4, 2015