A LUMP OR SWELLING
If you have a lump or swelling in your abdomen, you might be offered an appointment to see a cancer specialist within 2 weeks. Whether or not you are offered this appointment and which type of cancer they will check for will depend on other symptoms you have.
When you lose weight for no known reason, it’s called an unexplained weight loss. An unexplained weight loss of 10 pounds or more may be the first sign of cancer. This happens most often with cancers of the pancreas, stomach, esophagus, or lung.
NON STOP COUGH, CHANGE IN VOICE OR BREATHING PROBLEM
One of the most common symptoms of lung cancer is a persistent cough, with estimates ranging from 47% to 86% of lung cancer patients experiencing cough.1 While some people don’t experience any symptoms in the earliest stages of lung cancer, others do experience symptoms before diagnosis. Some people with lung cancer also experience coughing that produces blood or rust-colored sputum.
Ascites is an abnormal buildup of fluid in the abdomen or pelvis. It can cause bloating, weight gain, and a rapidly expanding waistline. Ascites is usually caused by liver disease, but cancer is the culprit about 10 percent of the time.
MOUTH OR TONGUE ULCER
Mouth cancer, or oral cancer, can occur anywhere in the mouth, on the surface of the tongue, the lips, inside the cheek, in the gums, in the roof and floor of the mouth, in the tonsils, and in the salivary glands.
BLEEDING THAT IS NOT NORMAL FOR YOU
cancer may bleed slightly because its blood vessels are fragile. Later, as the cancer enlarges and invades surrounding tissues, it may grow into a nearby blood vessel, causing bleeding. The bleeding may be slight and undetectable or detectable only with testing. Such is often the case in early-stage colon cancer. Or, particularly with advanced cancer, the bleeding may be more significant, even massive and life threatening.
PAIN THAT DOES NOT GO AWAY
When cancer grows and harms tissue nearby, it can cause pain in those areas. It releases chemicals that irritate the area around the tumor. As tumors grow, they may put stress on bones, nerves, and organs around them.
DIFFICULTY SWALLOWING, INDIGESTION OR HEART BURN
The most common symptom of esophageal cancer is a problem swallowing, with a feeling like the food is stuck in the throat or chest, or even choking on food. The medical term for trouble swallowing is dysphagia. This is often mild when it starts, and then gets worse over time as the opening inside the esophagus gets smaller.
A NEW MOLE OR CHANGE IN EXISTING MOLE
Unusual moles, sores, lumps, blemishes, markings, or changes in the way an area of the skin looks or feels may be a sign of melanoma or another type of skin cancer, or a warning that it might occur.