Know the Warning Signs

Cancer can cause many different symptoms. Below are a few to be aware of.

    General Warning Signs

  • Feeling weak or very tired
  • A thickening or lump on or under the skin
  • Hoarseness or cough that does not go away
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Difficult or painful urination
  • Discomfort after eating
  • A hard time swallowing
  • Changes in appetite
  • Weight gain or loss with no known reason
  • Abdominal pain
  • Unexplained night sweats

    Skin changes, such as:

  • A new mole or a change in an existing mole
  • A sore that does not heal

    Breast changes, such as:

  • Change in size or shape of the breast or nipple
  • Change in texture of breast skin

    Unusual bleeding or discharge, including:

  • Blood in the urine
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Blood in the stool

Most often, these symptoms are not due to cancer. They may also be caused by benign tumors or other problems. If you have symptoms that last for a couple of weeks, it is important to see a doctor so that problems can be diagnosed and treated as early as possible. Usually, early cancer does not cause pain. If you have symptoms, do not wait to feel pain before seeing a doctor.