No matter your age or health, it’s good to know the possible signs of cancer. By themselves, they aren’t enough to diagnose the disease. But they can be clues for you and your doctor so that you can find and treat the problem as soon as possible. Treatment works best early on, when a tumor is small and hasn’t spread.
These symptoms don’t always mean cancer. Lots of common conditions can make you feel this way. It’s important to see your doctor so they can take a closer look at your health and take action.
Common signs and symptoms of cancer in both men and women include:
The most common cancers in men are prostate, lung, and colorectal.
Symptoms of cancer in men include:
Trouble peeing: A swollen prostate can make it hard to go, or it may make you have to go a lot. Tell your doctor if you have pain when you pee or blood in your urine.
A lump, pain, or ache in your scrotum. These might mean testicular cancer.
The types that affect women most are breast, lung, and colorectal cancer. Women can also have cancer of the uterus, endometrium, cervix, vagina, or vulva.
Watch out for:
Vaginal bleeding or discharge: Get checked out if it happens between periods or after menopause. Endometrial cancer can make you bleed when you don’t expect it.
Changes in appetite: Ovarian cancer can make you feel full or make it hard to eat. Other cancers can cause indigestion or nausea. Cancer isn’t the only illness that changes your appetite, but check with your doctor if you’ve had trouble eating for 2 weeks or longer.
Belly pain and bloating: In most cases, you feel gassy, crampy, and bloated because of something minor. Talk to your doctor if you have these types of symptoms and they don’t go away.
Breast changes: Tell the doctor if: