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What are symptoms of cancer?

You should see your doctor for regular checkups and not wait for problems to occur. But you should also know that the following symptoms may be associated with cancer: changes in bowel or bladder habits, a sore that does not heal, unusual bleeding or discharge, thickening or lump in the breast or any other part of the body, indigestion or difficulty swallowing, obvious change in a wart or mole, or nagging cough or hoarseness. These symptoms are not always a sign of cancer. They can also be caused by less serious conditions. Only a doctor can make a diagnosis. It is important to see a doctor if you have any of these symptoms. Don't wait to feel pain. Early cancer usually does not cause pain.

Cancer may not cause any symptoms. This is why you should have screening tests done to find them early

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Comment from: Shanti D., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 25

I have symptoms like a sore that does not heal, indigestion or difficulty swallowing. I am a tobacco chewer for last more than 15 years. I am suffering from advanced rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes (in control). I am on medicine for thyroid (one tablet a day). In 2001, I underwent a surgery for thyroid cancer in my throat and also radiotherapy 1 or 2 times. The surgery was successful and whole of cancer was removed. I have been advised to take thyroid medicine for life time.

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Comment from: yellow man, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 08

His skin and eyes turned yellow. It was stage 1 pancreatic cancer found early. He had Whipple surgery in September 2011. He had a staph infection in the port after 6 weeks of chemotherapy and targeted radiation before Whipple surgery. After surgery he had feeding tube and in January developed infection in lungs died in February after 5 treatments of gemcitabine. What a shock after being told how he was such a lucky man to have caught his cancer early; he was tortured by all they did.

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