HEALTH: Cancer symptoms that you are likely to ignore

TVC E. While some symptoms of cancer can be rather obvious and deeply concerning, other symptoms can be much less noticeable and alarming. Listed in this article are nine cancer symptoms that people often ignore.


Although general fatigue is commonly associated with the daily grind of life, extreme fatigue that doesn’t seem to go away can potentially be a cause for great concern.

Chronic fatigue, or fatigue that can’t be remedied by sleep, can be a sign of leukemia, colon cancer, or cancer of the stomach. It is worth noting, as a means to avoid fear-mongering, that chronic fatigue or any issue documented in this list is merely a possible symptom of cancer, not a formal diagnosis.

Similar to chronic fatigue, unexplained weight loss can be a serious yet often ignored symptom of cancer.

If you lead a rather active lifestyle, the concept of losing weight without the means of a drastic diet plan probably won’t resonate with you in terms of a legitimate concern. However, that line of thinking can often play a major role as to why this particular symptom has the distinction of being ignored.

If you’re losing weight, even though you’ve maintained your daily living routine, you could be in the early stages of any number of cancers. Esophageal, lung, pancreatic, and stomach cancers often include symptoms of unexplained weight loss.

While pain can occur due to a variety of reasons, many of which are not serious, long-lasting pain and/or pain that doesn’t go away with the help of basic medication(s) can be a symptom of cancer.

Additionally, bone and testicular cancer can often produce aching or sharp pains in the early stages of development.

Pay attention to your body and never dismiss pain that seems to last for days or weeks at a time.


While lumps under the skin are often associated with breast or testicular cancer, lumps can occur in virtually any soft tissue area of the body regardless of gender.

If you detect the presence of a lump or mass under your skin, your best plan of action is to take action. Discovering a mass in its earliest stage could very well be the key to your physical well-being in the long term.

It is important to be naturally self-conscious of your body as a way to detect unusual physical changes.


In respect to common cancer symptoms ignored by women, the presence of a swollen foot or leg could potentially be a cause for concern.

While a swollen leg has a marginal return in respect to a serious medical condition, it is important to pay attention to your symptoms and never dismiss them, especially if they’re accompanied by other ailments such as discharge or pain.


While skin cancer is unfortunately quite common in our society, the symptoms of skin cancer are all too often ignored.

Brushed aside as a common sunburn or darkened mole, for example, many people dismiss skin cancer symptoms while under the assumption the changes are simply due to natural sun exposure or the unfortunate, yet common, part of the aging process.

In truth, any freckle, mole, or wart that changes its shape or color should garner your full attention. Changes in your skin that are accompanied by excessive itching need to be strongly recognized as well. Various types of skin cancer, including melanoma, can be the cause of these symptoms.


Have you noticed changes in your restroom habits in respect to urination and/or bowel movements? If you’ve found the need to urinate more frequently or less often than before, you could be experiencing an early sign of bladder or prostate cancer.


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