Many go around with lingering symptoms that don’t seem worthy of a doctor’s visit, even though they’re annoying. For example a stubborn back pain or indigestion. It is important to keep an eye on the body and talk to a doctor about problems that won’t go away, because even these seemingly innocent symptoms can be signs of a serious condition.

Seeing a doctor won’t do any harm even if there isn’t a serious problem, and if there is a problem, getting diagnosed early can make a big difference in treatability.

When it comes to men, some of the most often ignored symptoms that can actually indicate cancer include:

  1. Lumps right below the skin
  2. Fatigue
  3. Changes in the testicles, such as one or both getting bigger, feeling swollen, or being extra heavy.
  4. Changes in restroom habits, like needing to go all the time.
  5. Changes in the skin, especially amongst those who work outdoors.
  6. Indigestion or trouble swallowing. A prolonged, painful, burning sensation should not be ignored, and it is not a normal part of aging.
  7. Persistent cough – if it lasts more than three weeks, or you have persistent hoarseness, wheezing, or shortness of breath, you need to see your doctor.
  8. Changes in your mouth, such as sores, unexplained bleeding, tenderness, or white patches inside the mouth.
  9. Losing weight without trying.
  10. Persistent pain, such as nagging back pain, a stubborn headache, and similar should always be taken seriously.

It is important to know that none of these symptoms means you have cancer, but if they’re persistent, it’s better to go see the doctor than to ignore it.


When it comes to women, some of the most ignored cancer symptoms include:

  1. Abnormal or irregular bleeding
  2. Losing weight without trying – losing weight through exercise and healthy food choices can help curb the risk for cancer, but losing more than 10 pounds without trying is a good reason to see the doctor.
  3. Persistent fatigue that won’t go away even if you rest.
  4. Swollen legs
  5. Loss of appetite
  6. Ongoing abdominal pain or discomfort
  7. A bloated belly that won’t go away
  8. Changes in restroom habits, like needing to go all the time.
  9. Persistent indigestion
  10. Persistent nausea

Just as for men, none of these symptoms equal cancer, but if they persist, it’s worth seeing a doctor to be on the safe side.

If you are diagnosed with cancer, early discovery makes treatment easier. If you need long distance medical transportation to visit a cancer center or hospice facility, call us at (800) 311-3412 for more information and a free quote.

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