The Seven Warning Signs of Cancer
To remember the seven early warning signs of cancer (as designated by the American Cancer Society), think of the word CAUTION:
C hange in bowel or bladder habits.
A sore that does not heal.
U nusual bleeding or discharge.
T hickening or lump in the breast, testicles, or elsewhere.
I ndigestion or difficulty swallowing.
O bvious change in the size, color, shape, or thickness of a wart, mole, or mouth sore.
N agging cough or hoarseness.
The following symptoms may also signal the presence of some form of cancer:
- Persistent headaches
- Unexplained loss of weight or appetite
- Chronic pain in bones
- Persistent fatigue, nausea, or vomiting
- Persistent low-grade fever, either constant or intermittent
- Repeated instances of infection
Call Your Doctor About Cancer If:
You develop symptoms that may signal cancer, are not clearly linked to another cause, and persist for more than two weeks. You should schedule a medical examination. If the cause of your symptoms is cancer, early diagnosis and treatment will offer a better chance of cure.