Signs and symptoms of Cancer

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The signs and symptoms caused by cancer vary according to the part of the body affected and they are often nonspecific.


Changes in weight, for example, unintentional weight gain or loss.

Thermometer with a danger signal indicating fever

Persistent night sweats or fever with no apparent cause.

Fatigued woman sweating

Fatigue or tiredness that does not improve with rest.

Woman with knee pain

Persistent joint or muscle pain with no apparent cause.

People with  jaundice, yellow skin

Changes to the skin such as yellowish colouration (jaundice), darkening (hyperpigmentation) or reddening of the skin (erythema), sores that do not cure or changes to pre-existing moles or warts.

Lump in the chest

A lump, hardening or swelling that can be felt underneath the skin.

Woman running to the bathroom

Changes to bladder or bowel emptying habits.

Person with persistent cough

Persistent cough or difficulty breathing.

Disgruntled person sticking out tongue due to taste disturbance


Dysphagia, difficulty to swallow

Difficulty swallowing.

Woman with abdominal pain

Persistent indigestion or discomfort after eating.

Rectal bleeding with pain

Unusual bleeding (vaginal, in excrement, when coughing, from a nipple) or bruising with no apparent cause.

What should we do if we have cancer symptoms?

Substantiated information by:

Albert Tuca Rodríguez
Aleix Prat Aparicio
Francesc Balaguer Prunes
Meritxell Mollà Armandà
Montserrat Valverde Bosch
Vanessa Vilas
Álvaro Urbano Ispizua

Published: 12 November 2018
Updated: 20 November 2018

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