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 acute leukaemia
Symptoms of acute leukaemia develop quickly over a few weeks.
They are often vague and can include:
- tiredness and weakness
- looking pale
- bruising and bleeding easily, e.g., nose and gum bleeds
- infections that don’t get better
- discomfort or pain in the abdomen or back.
- bone and joint pain
- enlarged lymph nodes or lumps
- unexplained weight loss
- dizziness or feeling light headed
- swollen gums
- slow healing
- feeling full or swollen tummy (from enlarged liver or spleen).
Cancers that are diagnosed early can be easier to treat.
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.