10. Pelvic and abdominal pain
Pain and cramps in the abdomen, in combination with bloating, may indicate ovarian cancer. Leukemia also causes abdominal pain, which occurs as a result of the enlarged spleen.
11. Rectal bleeding or bloody stool
This is a common symptom of colorectal cancer. Consult your doctor if you notice blood in your stool, and schedule a colonoscopy as soon as possible.
12. Unexplained weight loss
Sudden and unexplained weight loss is an early symptom of colon and similar digestive cancers. It may also indicate a cancer that has metastasized to the liver, which decreases appetite and affects body’s ability to eliminate waste.
13. Upset stomach and stomachache
Frequent stomach cramps and upset stomach are a common symptoms of colorectal cancer.
14. A red, sore, and swollen breast
These may be a sign of inflammatory breast cancer. Consult your doctor about any weird or sudden change to your breasts.
15. Nipple changes
Before being diagnosed with breast cancer, most women remember having their nipples flattened, inverted, or turned sideways.
16. Unusually heavy and painful periods, or bleeding between periods
This is an early sign of endometrial or uterine cancer. Schedule a transvaginal ultrasound if your periods are heavier than usual.
17. Swollen features on the face
Patients diagnosed with lung cancer often experience puffiness, swelling, or redness on the face. Small lung tumor cells block the blood vessels in the chest, and the blood cannot flow freely from the head and the face.
18. Sores or skin lumps that do not heal, create a crust and bleed easily
Learn more about the different types of skin cancer or melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. Check your skin for any growths and spots.
19. Changes in nails
Sudden changes to the fingernails may indicate several kinds of cancer. Brown or black streak or dots under the nail may indicate skin cancer. “Clubbing” or enlarged ends of fingers and curved nails may indicate lung cancer. Pale and white nails may be a symptom of liver cancer.
20. Pain in the back and in the lower right side
This is an early sign of liver cancer. Back pain is a common symptom of breast cancer, because tumors press the chest. The pain sometimes occurs when the cancer reaches the spine or the ribs.