Many of us put off our annual cancer screenings to protect ourselves from the coronavirus. It’s understandable. However, early detection is one of the best weapons against the disease.

Screening can detect cancer before symptoms appear. You too can pick up early warning signs by paying attention to changes in your body. If you notice something new or different that lasts a few weeks or lasts a few weeks, see your healthcare provider. Not all signs of cancer are cancer. Here are 17 symptoms that should prompt you to call your doctor.

  1. Abnormal periods or pelvic pain
    Most women experience irregular periods and cramps from time to time. But persistent pain and changes in your cycle can be a sign of cervical, uterine or ovarian cancer.
  2. Change in bathroom habits
    Significant changes in physical activity may indicate colon, prostate, or bladder cancer, among other cancers. Warning signs include persistent constipation and diarrhea; black or red blood in the stool; black, tarry stools; urinate more often; and blood in your urine.
  3. Bloating
    We all feel bloated from time to time. But bloating for more than two weeks can be a sign of ovarian cancer, as well as various gastrointestinal cancers.
  4. Breast changes
    These include new lumps and bumps around the nipple, discoloration, and unusual discharge that hasn’t happened before. Although most breast cancer occurs in women, men can also develop it.
  5. Chronic cough
    A cough that lasts longer than two weeks, especially a dry cough, can be a sign of lung cancer.
  6. Chronic headache
    Headaches that last longer than two weeks and do not respond to conventional medications may be caused by a brain tumor.
  7. Difficulty swallowing
    If you feel like your throat is stuck or have trouble swallowing for more than two weeks, it could be a sign of throat, lung, or stomach cancer.
  8. Excessive bruising
    A bruise on the shin from bumping into the coffee table is normal. But suddenly many bruises in unusual places where there are no bumps can indicate the presence of various types of blood cancer.
  9. Frequent fever and infection
    Repeated fevers or transitions from one infection to another may indicate an immune system that has become more sensitive to lymphoma or leukemia.
  10. Oral changes
    Persistent sores, injuries, and sore spots in the mouth, especially in people who smoke or drink a lot, can indicate the presence of various oral cancers.
  11. Skin changes
    A change in the appearance of a mole or birthmark will be evaluated by a healthcare provider in person or through a video examination. Use this handy mnemonic, ABCDE, to remember which changes are cause for concern.

Asymmetry: One side of a mole or mark is not the same as the other.

Borders: The edges are irregular or blurred.

Color: It is both black and brown, which are varied or inconsistent.

Diameter: It is bigger than a pencil eraser.

Evolving mole: This is any mole that grows, bleeds or changes over time.

  1. Constant pain
    You should be evaluated for persistent pain in any part of your body that has no known cause and does not respond to standard treatment.
  2. Constant fatigue
    A sudden and persistent change in your energy level, no matter how much sleep you get, could be a sign of leukemia or lymphoma.
  3. Postmenopausal bleeding
    There are several reasons for this, but if it persists, your doctor may want to check for cervical or uterine cancer.
  4. Stomach pain and nausea
    Unusual discomfort that lasts more than two weeks can be a sign of various cancers of the liver, pancreas, or digestive system.
  5. Unreasonable weight loss
    Weight varies. But when you’re not trying, weight loss or loss of appetite can be a sign of many types of cancer, especially metastatic cancer.
  6. Unusual crowding
    Any new lump or mass that does not go away should be evaluated. If the lymph nodes swell when you catch a cold, but the swelling does not go away after recovery, you should see a doctor.

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