AFTER the Blue Peter presenter's tragic death from cancer, it's important to know the signs to watch out for.

Max Stahl died yesterday aged 66 in a Brisbane hospital after battling the disease for a number of years.

Cancer signs can come in many forms, with a few red flags that should be followed with a check up at the doctor.

The disease kills thousands every year, with the chances of survival much higher if it is caught early.

Listen to your body and make regular checks to ensure you notice if anything changes.

Set a reminder each month to carry out vital inspections of areas that you could feel new lumps on.

Cancer Research UK have previously revealed the ten red flag symptoms that could mean you have cancer.

Their advise is that if you or a loved one is suffering from any one of the signs listed below, do book an appointment with your GP.

Cancer can strike at any age – even to people who are young, fit and healthy.

Often embarrassment or assuming they are two young for cancer can stop people getting checked out.

But if you spot any of the warning signs, get in touch with your doctor to be sure.

The red flag symptoms include:

  • Persistent cough or hoarseness
  • A change in the appearance of a mole
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • A new lump
  • A persistent change in bowel habits
  • A persistent change in bladder habits
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Unexplained pain that won't stop
  • Unexplained bleeding
  • A sore that doesn't heal

Cancer is a condition where cells in a specific part of the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably.

The cancerous cells invade and destroy the healthy tissue surrounding it, including organs.

It can begin in one part of the body before moving to other areas – known as metastatis.

One in two people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime.

In the UK the four most common cancers are breast, lung, prostate and bowel.

There are more than 200 different types of cancer, with each on diagnosed and treated in a different way.

Often, the symptoms listed above won't be related to cancer but it is always worth checking it out if you are worried.

To reduce you risk of developing cancer eat healthily, exercise more and don't smoke.

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