8 Cancer Symptoms You Should Know About

Skin Cancer Southfield, MIWhen it comes to recognizing skin cancer, changes in your skin can be reliable indicators that something could be amiss. If you have unusual marks or a new spot on your skin your doctor should check it out. Here are 8 lesser-known signs that could be symptoms of different types of cancer.

Relentless coughing

If you are not a smoker, a cough is unlikely a sign of cancer. Otherwise, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor immediately so they can do x-rays and screen for lung cancer.

Breast changes

The majority of breast changes are nothing to worry about and unrelated to cancer. If you do notice something different, always notify your doctor so you can be checked. Let your doctor know about nipple discharge, redness, lumps, or thickening.


Bloating is typically associated with diet changes or stress. If the bloating doesn’t abate and accompanies weight loss, fatigue, or back pain, you should consult with your doctor. You may require a pelvic exam to check for ovarian cancer or other causes.

Swollen lymph nodes

When you have swollen lymph nodes, it is an indication that your body if fighting off infection. You may notice swollen lymph nodes if your body is battling strep throat or a cold. Cancers like leukemia and lymphoma can also cause the same type of swelling.

Difficulty swallowing

Difficulty swallowing can be caused by acid reflux, a cold, or certain medicines. If you do not notice an improvement over time, it may be wise to have it checked out. Problems with swallowing can also be associated with cancer in your throat or esophagus.

Mouth problems

The majority of mouth issues like canker sores or bad breath are never serious. If you notice red or white patches that do not disappear after a few weeks, this could be a sign of oral cancer.

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At Consultants in Ophthalmic and Facial Plastic Surgery, we look forward to addressing your questions and concerns. To schedule a consultation, call our office at 248-357-5100.

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