Cancers and other diseases can cause symptoms. These are changes in your body that you notice. Examples of symptoms are having a cough, a pain or a lump.
Symptoms can be caused by many illnesses, not just cancer, but it is always best to have them checked out by a GP.
What you need to know
Symptoms of chronic leukaemia
Often people have no symptoms, and find out they have chronic leukaemia after having a blood test that shows specific abnormalities.
When symptoms are present, they are often vague and can include:
- enlarged lymph nodes or lumps in the neck, armpit or groin area
- frequent infections
- easy bruising and bleeding e.g. nose and gum bleeds
- night sweats
- feeling of fullness in the abdomen
- unexplained weight loss.
What to do if you have symptoms
If you have symptoms that you are worried about, even if they seem minor, you should go to see a GP. Don't be embarrassed to bring up your concerns.