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Cancer Symptoms

Look out for the 10 early symptoms of the five most common cancers affecting Western Australians.

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Don't Make Excuses

The earlier cancer is found, the greater the chance of surviving it and being around longer for your family.

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Local Stories

Pearls of wisdom from regional Western Australians who’ve had cancer.

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Resource Hub

Download the Find Cancer Early symptom checklist, diagnostic tools for health professionals and access other resources.

Welcome to Find Cancer Early

People living in regional Australia have poorer cancer outcomes than people living in metropolitan areas. Survival outcomes for regional Australians are 20-30% worse than Australians living in a metropolitan area¹.

The Find Cancer Early program for regional Western Australians was created by Cancer Council WA to improve cancer outcomes for regional Western Australians by increasing cancer symptom awareness and encouraging people to visit their doctor, clinic nurse or Aboriginal health worker earlier.

We know that people are more likely to survive cancer if it’s found early. We also believe your  postcode should not define your cancer outcome.

Explore the website to discover important information to help you identify potential early symptoms of bowel, breast, lung, prostate and skin cancer early, and learn what you need to do if you notice a symptom.

Adults of all ages are encouraged to read on to learn about 10 early symptoms of the 5 most common cancers in WA.

Symptom checklists for the most common cancers come in general and Aboriginal designs:


Share this information with family, friends and colleagues over 40 so that they can Find Cancer Early for the best chance of successful treatment and survival.

A Message From Regional WA GP’s

Take 45 seconds to listen to regional GP’s covering some of the early cancer symptoms you should be aware of.

We would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work. We would also like to pay respect to elders,  past, present and emerging, and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people*.

*  Throughout this website we use the term Aboriginal people, it is inclusive of people of Torres Strait Islander descent.

¹ Underhill CR, Goldstein D, Grogan PB. Inequity in rural cancer survival in Australia is not an insurmountable problem. Med J Aust 2006; 185: 479–80.