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Symptoms of Cancer: 10 Warning Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore

Cleveland Clinic

June 7, 2022

Symptoms of Cancer: 10 Warning Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore

One of the tricky things about detecting and diagnosing some early-stage cancers is that, often, they don’t actually cause any symptoms, and if they do, they’re symptoms that are also commonly associated with a number of other causes and conditions.

This is one reason why it’s important for people to establish a primary care doctor who they visit annually, says cancer care nurse Josette Snyder, BSN, MSN, AOCN.

A doctor who knows your history and has a running record of your health can help determine whether changes to your body warrant testing or a visit to a specialist.

Snyder discusses what signs and symptoms you should watch out for.

What are some general signs and symptoms of cancer?

While all of the symptoms below could very well be benign or unrelated to cancer, Snyder suggests that they definitely be brought to the attention of your doctor.

A lump under your skin

It’s often impossible to tell a benign cyst from a malignant tumor just by looking at it, so be sure to have any lumps on your breast, neck or genital areas checked out.

If you notice other changes to your breasts like dimpling, discoloration or discharge from your nipples, talk to your doctor. It could be a sign of breast cancer.