Cancer signs and symptoms

When cancer’s found at an early stage, treatment is often easier and more likely to be successful. So finding cancer sooner rather than later can make a real difference.

Symptoms of cancer vary based on the type of cancer.  As cancer progressed to an advanced stage, common symptoms can include weight loss, fever and fatigue.  Look out for these:


  • An unusual lump or swelling anywhere on your body
  • Unusual and unexplained heavy sweating at night
  • Unexplained weight loss


  • A change in the size, shape or color of a patch of skin
  • A sore that’s not healing for many weeks


  • Tongue or mouth sore that’s lasted for more than 3 weeks

Throat and Neck

  • An unusual swelling or lump
  • A croaky, rough voice that is lasting for many weeks
  • Difficulty in swallowing


  • Breathlessness
  • Unexplained coughing for more than three weeks
  • Coughing up blood


  • Blood in urine
  • Problems passing urine
  • (ladies) Bleeding from the vagina 
  • Blood in your bowel movements
  • A noticeable change or frequency in bowel movements

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