17 Early Cancer Warning Signs You Should Know About

It can take decades before symptoms from cancer are even noticed. That’s why it’s important for us to be proactive about our health and know some things to be on the look out for before it’s too late. The best way to treat cancer begins with early diagnosis to begin some form of treatment as soon as possible. 

When referencing the list don’t be alarmed just because you may see a warning sign that you’re currently or have experienced. Relax. This would be a good time to not delay in seeing your doctor so that you can get screened for cancer.

17 Early Cancer Warning Signs:

  • A mole, a wart, or a blemish that changes in diameter, shape, color or thickness
  • Sores that don’t heal within three weeks
  • A lump or swelling under the skin
  • Thickening of the skin on any part of the body
  • Chronic indigestion or difficulty swallowing
  • A change in bowel or bladder habits
  • Blood in the urine or the stool
  • Rectal bleeding
  • An unexplained vaginal discharge or bleeding between periods
  • Recurring Infections
  • An unexplained loss of weight or apetite
  • Unexplained pain, especially in the bones
  • Persistent and low-grade fever
  • Recurring headaches
  • Hoarseness that lingers for more than a week
  • A persistent cough, or a cough that brings up blood
  • Persistent fatigue, nausea, or vomitting

Getting screened for cancer is something that you should want to do on a regular basis regardless. For women, mammograms after 40 are required, and self exams are still recommended. Men should get checked for prostate cancer regularly. For more information here’s a list of cancer resources and even consult your physician.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention 


National Cancer Institute


American Institute for Cancer Research





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