Cancer Warning Signs
The early warning signs and symptoms of cancer sometimes don’t seem like anything serious.
Learning what to look for can lead to early detection. Finding cancer early often greatly increases the chances of a cure.
Here are some warning signs you should not ignore:
· a new or unusual lump or swelling in the breast, testicles or any other part of the body
· any sore which does not heal anywhere on you body or in your mouth
· obvious change in the shape, size or color of a mole or wart
· a nagging cough, hoarseness or a croaky voice
· difficulty swallowing
· blood in the urine, stool or phlegm,
· unusual bleeding or discharge of any sort from the nipple, or vagina
· any change in bladder habits, such as pain or difficulty urinating
· any change in bowel habits (constipation or diarrhea) that last more than a few weeks
· persistent indigestion
· unexplained weight loss, fever or fatigue
· unexplained aches and pains
· any new growth on the skin, or patches of skin that bleed, itch or become red
· Remember, having any of these signs does not mean that you have cancer. They may be due to some other medical problem, or they may not be serious at all. Only your doctor can tell for sure. Don’t take any chances with your health.
· Bring any warning sign to the attention of your doctor right away.
· To learn more about warning signs of cancer, call your local chapter of the Canadian Cancer Society or call Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333
Canadian Cancer Society – Nova Scotia: http://www.cancer.ca/en/?region=ns
Canadian Cancer Society – Prince Edward Island: http://www.cancer.ca/en/?region=pe