Cancer Symptoms

Note:  It is interesting to note that over 2000 diseases have the same 4 symptoms,
but it is always good to know the information below just to be aware.

Since prevention is one of the most important cancer-fighting tools, it is important
that cancer be detected as early as possible before it spreads.

Telltale Signs of Cancer include:  A lump or thickening in the breast or testicles; a
change in a wart or mole; a skin sore or a persistent sore throat that doesn't heal;
a change in bowel or bladder habits; a persistent cough or coughing blood;
constant indigestion or trouble swallowing; unusual bleeding or vaginal discharge;
and chronic fatigue.

If you notice any of these symptoms, you should see a physician for testing.  We
also have a web page that lists some of the tests that are available to detect
cancer.

The following are symptoms that may occur in specific types of cancers:

Bladder cancer: Blood in the urine, pain or burning upon urination; frequent
urination; or cloudy urine

Bone cancer: Pain in the bone or swelling around the affected site; fractures in
bones; weakness, fatigue; weight loss; repeated infections; nausea, vomiting,
constipation, problems with urination; weakness or numbness in the legs; bumps
and bruises that persist

Brain cancer: Dizziness; drowsiness; abnormal eye movements or changes in
vision; weakness, loss of feeling in arms or legs or difficulties in walking; fits or
convulsions; changes in personality, memory or speech; headaches that tend to be
worse in the morning and ease during the day, that may be accompanied by
nausea or vomiting

Breast cancer: A lump or thickening of the breast; discharge from the nipple;
change in the skin of the breast; a feeling of heat; or enlarged lymph nodes under
the arm

Colorectal cancer: Rectal bleeding (red blood in stools or black stools); abdominal
cramps; constipation alternating with diarrhea; weight loss; loss of appetite;
weakness; pallid complexion

Kidney cancer: Blood in urine; dull ache or pain in the back or side; lump in kidney
area, sometimes accompanied by high blood pressure or abnormality in red blood
cell count  

Leukemia: Weakness, paleness; fever and flu-like symptoms; bruising and
prolonged bleeding; enlarged lymph nodes, spleen, liver; pain in bones and joints;
frequent infections; weight loss; night sweats

Lung cancer: Wheezing, persistent cough for months; blood-streaked sputum;
persistent ache in chest; congestion in lungs; enlarged lymph nodes in the neck

Melanoma: Change in mole or other bump on the skin, including bleeding or
change in size, shape, color, or texture

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma: Painless swelling in the lymph nodes in the neck,
underarm, or groin; persistent fever; feeling of fatigue; unexplained weight loss;
itchy skin and rashes; small lumps in skin; bone pain; swelling in the abdomen;
liver or spleen enlargement

Oral cancer:  A lump in the mouth, ulceration of the lip, tongue or inside of the
mouth that does not heal within a couple of weeks; dentures that no longer fit well;
oral pain, bleeding, foul breath, loose teeth, and changes in speech

Ovarian cancer: Abdominal swelling; in rare cases, abnormal vaginal bleeding;
digestive discomfort

Pancreatic cancer: Upper abdominal pain and unexplained weight loss; pain near
the center of the back; intolerance of fatty foods; yellowing of the skin; abdominal
masses; enlargement of liver and spleen

Prostate cancer: Urination difficulties due to blockage of the urethra; bladder
retains urine, creating frequent feelings of urgency to urinate, especially at night;
bladder not emptying completely; burning or painful urination; bloody urine;
tenderness over the bladder; and dull ache in the pelvis or back

Stomach cancer: Indigestion or heartburn; discomfort or pain in the abdomen;
nausea and vomiting; diarrhea or constipation; bloating after meals; loss of
appetite; weakness and fatigue; bleeding - vomiting blood or blood in the stool

Uterine cancer: Abnormal vaginal bleeding, a watery bloody discharge in
postmenopausal women; a painful urination; pain during intercourse; pain in pelvic
area