There are a variety of symptoms that may indicate the presence of cancer. Unfortunately, other diseases can cause similar problems, so it’s important that you see a doctor if you are having problems with one or more of the symptoms below. Conversely, cancer may be present even in the absence of symptoms, so regular screenings are important for certain cancers.

  • Pain
  • A lump under the skin
  • A new mole or a mole that changes size, or a lesion that doesn’t heal
  • Hoarseness
  • A cough that doesn't go away, coughing up blood, or shortness of breath
  • Trouble swallowing or pain/heartburn after eating
  • Changes in bowel or bladder habits, or blood in the stool or urine
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Neurologic symptoms such as tingling sensations, changes in vision, or seizures
  • Extreme weakness or fatigue
  • Depression