Seeking advice and care from your healthcare provider is important for all aspects of your health, particularly for potentially life-threatening diseases that can be avoided by early diagnosis such as cancer.
If you have any unexplained, new, worsening or persistent changes, seek care from your family doctor, or primary care provider. Symptoms are often caused by other, non-cancerous illnesses, but it is important to see your family doctor so they can investigate.
There are symptoms you can look for, and if you experience any of them, book an appointment with your family doctor immediately. Examples of these include:
For a full list of symptoms, see Symptoms of Cancer on MyHealth.Alberta.ca.
If your family doctor suspects cancer, they will refer you for testing, such as imaging or biopsy and possibly to a specialist to plan any necessary treatment. Diagnosis at earlier stages can offer more treatment options and increase your chance of completing treatments that prolong or improve quality of life.
If you need help finding a family doctor, visit albertafindadoctor.ca. Or call Health Link at 811.
For information about provincial screening programs for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer, visit screeningforlife.ca
Alberta Health Services
Alberta Cancer Foundation
Canadian Cancer Society
Government of Canada
Call Health Link at 811. Learn more.