Q: What are common symptoms of cancer?
A: You should see your doctor for regular checkups and not wait for problems to occur. But you should also know that the following symptoms may be associated with cancer:
changes in bowel or bladder habits, a sore that does not heal, unusual bleeding or discharge, thickening or lump in the breast or any other part of the body, indigestion or difficulty swallowing, obvious change in a wart or mole, or nagging cough or hoarseness. These symptoms are not always a sign of cancer. They can also be caused by less serious conditions. Only a doctor can make a diagnosis. It is important to see a doctor if you have any of these symptoms. Don’t wait to feel pain: Early cancer usually does not cause pain.