- Unexplained bruising or bleeding
- Unexplained weight loss
- Lumps or swellings
- Drenching night sweats
- Persistent, recurrent or severe infections
- Unexplained fever (38°C or above)
- Unexplained rash or itchy skin
- Bone, joint or abdominal pain
- Tiredness that doesn’t improve with rest or sleep
- Unusually pale complexion (pallor)
It’s important to remember that not everyone will have the same (or even any) symptoms. Each person is different.
Symptoms are physical (body) or mental (mind) changes that come about because of a health condition.
This section explains some of the symptoms that blood cancer can cause. Find out more about the symptoms of specific blood cancers
Worried about blood cancer?
Most people with these symptoms won’t have blood cancer. But if you experience any, it’s really important that you find out what’s causing them, quickly.
If you have any symptom that’s persistent, unexplained or unusual for you, book an appointment with your GP.
If you suddenly feel very unwell, seek urgent medical help.
It’s ok to ask your doctor…
If you go to get checked out, here are some questions you might want to ask your doctor:
- I’m worried about blood cancer – is that something you can rule out?
- Do I need a blood test?
- Do I need a lymph node biopsy?
- Do I need any scans?
- Do you need to take a urine sample?
Our free blood cancer symptoms guide is a pocket-sized reminder of these symptoms and provides space for you to record any that you might experience. If you need to get checked out, it also includes things to think about before your appointment and questions to ask your doctor.
You can also call our free and confidential support line if you have any questions, or just need someone to talk to.