Signs and Symptoms of Cancer
- Skin changes, including darkening, reddening, itching, excessive hair growth, yellowing of the skin or eyes—jaundice
- Persistent pain
- Unexplained changes in weight (up or down), or change in girth
- Excessive fatigue with or without weakness
- Thickening or lump in the breast or any other part of the body, including persistent swelling in the lymph nodes
- Persistent changes in bowel or bladder habits—could be related to intestinal, bladder or prostate cancers
- Spitting, coughing, or vomiting blood—may indicate lung cancer or GI cancer
- Unusual bleeding or discharge, including rectal or vaginal—may indicate intestinal or gynecological cancers
- Sore that does not heal—skin sores can indicate skin cancer while mouth sores may indicate mouth cancers
- Conspicuous changes in a wart or mole—skin cancer factor
- Persistent indigestion or difficulty swallowing—may indicate cancer of throat or stomach
Cancer diagnosis. Merck Manual Professional version website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/hematology-and-oncology/overview-of-cancer/cancer-diagnosis. Updated July 2013. Accessed May 12, 2015.
Signs and symptoms of cancer. American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancerbasics/signs-and-symptoms-of-cancer. Updated August 11, 2014. Accessed May 12, 2015.
Symptoms. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/diagnosis-staging/symptoms. Accessed May 12, 2015.
- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 03/2015 -
- Update Date: 05/12/2015 -
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