What are the main signs and symptoms of cancer?

Early detection is one of the best weapons against cancer. Screenings can detect a cancer before symptoms appear. You too can pick up on early warning signs by paying close attention to changes in your body. If you notice something new or different that lasts several weeks – and several weeks is key – reach out to your health care provider. Not every symptom that could be cancer is cancer. But here are 17 symptoms that may warrant a call to your doctor:

  • Abnormal periods or pelvic pain
  • Changes in bathroom habits
  • Bloating
  • Breast changes
  • Chronic coughing
  • Chronic headache
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Excessive bruising
  • Frequent fevers or infections
  • Oral changes
  • Skin changes
  • Pain that lasts
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Postmenopausal bleeding
  • Stomach pain or nausea
  • Unexplained weight loss