Symptoms for Specific Cancers

Identify the signs of cancer

By Brandie Umar, Executive Director of ContentLast modified: October 05, 2011

Symptoms For Specific Cancers

Some people are unaware that what they are feeling could be symptoms of cancer. Many symptoms of cancer are mistaken for signs of other illnesses and are not detected until the disease has spread. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, or have a family history of cancer, a routine examination with a doctor can help detect the disease before it progresses.

Lung Cancer: Persistent coughing or a feeling of being unable to catch your breath, pain in the chest or coughing up blood are signs that the lungs are infected.

Breast Cancer: A lump or change in texture in the breast tissue, changes to the color of the nipple or a discharge from the nipples, swollen lymph nodes in the armpit or breasts that feel hot could be symptoms of breast cancer.  

Prostate Cancer: Difficulty urinating, painful urination or a change in urinary habits accompanied by a pain in the lower back or bladder region are signs that something is wrong and should be checked.

Testicular Cancer: Swelling in the testicle, pain or lumps should be examined to ensure they are not caused by testicular cancer.

Skin Cancer: Skin cancer is often detected by a change in a mole or wart 

Bladder cancer: The fist symptom of bladder cancer is a change in urination habits - painful, bloody or cloudy urination should be checked immediately.

Kidney Cancer: Kidney cancer is often diagnosed after pain in the lower back accompanied by blood in the urine. 

Leukemia: Constant flu-like symptoms, bruising easily, swollen glands, weight loss and paleness are symptoms of cancer in the blood. 

Ovarian Cancer: Swelling in the stomach and irregular vaginal bleeding, painful bloating and discomfort eating could be signs of ovarian cancer

Stomach Cancer: Stomach cancer is usually detected by changes after eating - painful bloating, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, indigestion loss of appetite and pain in the abdomen should always be checked by a specialist.


There are more than 200 types of cancer identified and the symptoms vary with each. If you feel unwell suddenly or for more than 10 days with no known cause, contact a doctor to ensure your symptoms are not an indication of cancer. 


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