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Signs & symptoms of Cancer

Updated on October 31, 2013

Below I have stated the most general symptoms of Cancer. But if you any one or two of these symptoms, it doesn’t means you have a cancer. Many other diseases have the same symptoms. But, if such symptoms stay for a long time, it’s time to visit a doctor.

Many people around the world think that Cancer is incurable. But, it’s not the case. Any type of cancer, which is at an early stage, can be cured. So, it important to have knowledge about it before it gets worse.

Following are the Signs & Symptoms of Cancer-

# 1 Fever

Fever is one of the most common symptom of Cancer. But, most importantly, in 80% cases, fever happens at a later stage of cancer. In some cases like Blood Cancer, it can come at an early stage also. Fever, often damages your immune system & makes it difficult for your body to fight cancer.

# 2 Sudden Weight Loss

Every person facing Cancer loses weight for an unexplained reason. Such weight loss of 10 pounds or more is a clear symptom of Cancer. It often occurs in cases of Lung Cancer, Stomach Cancer, Pancreas etc.

# 3 Pain

Pain often occurs when the cancer is spread in the affected part of body. But it may be an early symptom also in case of Bone Cancer. A back pain is symptom of Rectum or ovary cancer. Other than this, a regular headache can be a clear symptom of Brain Tumor.

# 4 Fatigue

Fatigue means a lot of tiredness which does not gets better with bed rest. It is a common symptom of lot of diseases, including Cancer. It may also cause blood loss in cases of Stomach Cancer.

# 5 Skin Changes

This symptom is most common in case of Skin Cancer. But, apart from skin cancer, it also occurs in some other cancers. Skin often turns, yellow or red. Cancer also causes itching & excessive hair growth on your skin.

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      GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA 3 years ago from Kanpur, India

      You are doing some great work. Pleased that this helped you.

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      Pro-Hubber 3 years ago from Florida

      Thank you for bringing us such a beautifully written informative hub, I have been working to develop a cancer blog for the last two months. I hope I can utilize the information available here. Thank you

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      GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA 4 years ago from Kanpur, India

      You're welcome. I hope that no one ever faces this disease. It just ruins one's life & ends only after death.

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      GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA 4 years ago from Kanpur, India

      Indeed these symptoms should be known to everyone. Because this disease can be removed at earlier stage only.

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      Ryan Fuller 4 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      Very educational and useful. Thanks for sharing. Luckily, I don't have any of these symptoms as of now and hopefully will not ever. Thanks for writing this piece to share with the fellow hub world.

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      Sneha Sunny 4 years ago from India

      Thank you for reminding that even the symptoms which may appear to be casual, and daily life stress related, can be a symptom of one of the most terrible diseases! Timely detection is very important to defeat cancer.

      Thank you for sharing! :)

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      GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA 4 years ago from Kanpur, India

      Thanks for the suggestions peter, will take note of that.

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      Peter Geekie 4 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear gags3480

      It is useful to describe some of the symptoms that may be symptomatic of Cancer, however without wishing to be critical please beware of expanding this subject. As you say many of these symptoms (in my experience up to 95%) are quite benign and may result in the reader becoming needlessly worried. Although I have worked in this area of pharmaceutical medication for several decades I have always fought shy of writing any articles on the subject as the field is too wide. You are to be applauded for your good intentions but please take care of the possible consequences.

      Kind regards Peter.

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      GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA 4 years ago from Kanpur, India

      Really sad for your brother. The thought of publishing this hub came to me after reading a similar story, like your brother's. I want that everyone should be aware about all such diseases. I have listed symptoms of Dengue, Heart attack, Gallstones & cancer. I am sure these will save many lives.

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      GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA 4 years ago from Kanpur, India

      You're welcome. Great that this helped you.

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 4 years ago from Mason City

      I like your hub a lot. I have a brother who had cancer of the esophagus, and later he got bone cancer. His bone cancer is in the fourth stage, and he's in lots of pain and he's not doing too good. I think that his cancer was discovered too late. I don't know how long he has to live. Cancer is a terrible killer, so the best thing is to catch it in its early stages, before its too late.

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      Sallie B Middlebrook PhD 4 years ago from Texas, USA

      Interesting. I like the short and easy to read style for this topic. It gives you the information in a way that can serve as an "alert" so that you can monitor the frequency of a symptom. Sometimes, you can experience these things and it's nothing at all, but if the symptom persists, then you probably need to have it checked out. Thanks for this.

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      GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA 4 years ago from Kanpur, India

      Thanks, great that you liked it.

    • profile image 4 years ago

      The Big C - it seems to be on the increase - this article was very simple and too the point thanks Gags - I like the way you explained the symptoms as also common to other health issues.