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Signs and Symptoms of Cancer

Cancer and other illnesses often cause a number of problems you can watch for. The most common warning signs of cancer are:

  • Change in bowel or bladder habits;
  • A sore that does not heal;
  • Unusual bleeding or discharge;
  • Thickening or lump in the breast or elsewhere;
  • Indigestion or difficulty swallowing;
  • Obvious change in a wart or mole;
  • Nagging cough or hoarseness.

These signs and symptoms can be caused by cancer or by a number of other problems. They are not a sure sign of cancer. However, it is important to see a doctor if any problem lasts as long as two weeks. Don't wait for symptoms to become painful; pain is not an early sign of cancer.

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