Cancer Symptoms

While all cancers are different, and all patients perceive illness at individual levels, most cancers share common, potential symptoms. Here’s a list of some symptoms that you should point out to your doctor if they persist:

  • Fever
  • Drenching night sweats (like you wake up and your sheets and mattress are soaked through.)
  • Recurrent headaches
  • Loss of a normal, pinkish hew to the face and hands.
  • Sweating when drinking caffeine
  • Dry, persistent cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing up blood
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Lumps in the breasts or other lymph nodes
  • General feeling that “something is wrong with me.” (Assuming you’re not a hypochondriac)
  • Extreme sensitivity to light
  • Ongoing cramps or pain in your belly.
  • Ongoing pain in your pelvis or lower back
  • Nausea or loss of appetite, or you cannot eat normally
  • Ongoing bloating or intestinal gas
  • Sudden, unexplained weight loss
  • Clumsiness
  • Difficulty walking
  • Seizures
  • a frequent need to urinate, especially at night
  • difficulty starting or stopping the urinary stream
  • any change in size, shape, or color of a mole or other skin growth, such as a birthmark

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