Reporting signs and symptoms

We encourage members of the public who are concerned about unusual changes in their body such as lumps or unexplained continuous pain, to report signs and symptoms to their GP practice as soon as possible. 

If there are any concerns after reporting signs and symptoms to a GP, individuals are referred for further testing or screening, followed by meetings with an oncology team if a cancer is diagnosed. The care pathway is in-part dependent on the type of cancer that is diagnosed. 

Reporting signs and symptoms as soon as possible enables any suspect cancerous growths to be detected early on. An early diagnosis enables a more effective care pathway, a greater chance of survival and a better patient outcome. 

One of the Alliance’s main aims is to make every patient’s journey as smooth as possible – to this end all the cancer pathways are regularly reviewed and made as efficient as possible.

The short videos below have been provided by Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership. Spend a few minutes watching the videos to identify which signs and symptoms to look out for. 

Early detection

We are committed to improving the early detection and treatment of cancer. The earlier cancer is diagnosed and treatment started, then the better the outcome for the patient.  

We would like to encourage anyone who is worried about their health and recent changes in their body to contact their GP and discuss their concerns.  Your GP will listen and advise and may refer you to your local hospital using an urgent referral to get the necessary tests organised.  A very small percentage of people referred like this are actually found to have cancer – but it is always best to check.