Be aware of signs and symptoms of cancer. Although the presence of the following signs and symptoms does not mean you have cancer, see a doctor if you have any of these symptoms that last for a long time or get worse.

General signs and symptoms of cancer include:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Skin changes

More specific signs and symptoms include:

  • Change in bowel habits or bladder function
  • Sores that do not heal
  • White patches inside the mouth or white spots on the tongue
  • Unusual bleeding or discharge
  • Thickening or lump in the breast or other parts of the body
  • Indigestion or trouble swallowing
  • Recent change in a wart or mole or any new skin change
  • Nagging cough or hoarseness

If you notice any changes in your body or the way you feel, let a doctor know. It may not be cancer, but it may be something that you need treatment for. If it is cancer, you have the chance for early treatment when it works best. Remember, early detection of cancer saves lives.

Source: American Cancer Society, cancer.org