Symptoms of cancer

Many of the symptoms associated with cancer are similar to those linked to many other common health conditions so don’t panic if you have some of the symptoms listed below; it is always a good idea to get checked out if you are worried though. Symptoms of cancer vary according to the type of cancer but symptoms can usually be classified into three different groups: symptoms immediately surrounding the affected body part (local symptoms), symptoms of a spread of cancer (symptoms of metastasis) and symptoms of a spread through the systems of the body (systematic symptoms). Common symptoms to look out for include:

Local symptoms:

  • Abnormal colouring
  • Development of a swelling or one or more lumps
  • Localised pain
  • Development of ulcers
  • Jaundice

Symptoms of metastasis

  • Pain in the muscles and bones
  • Swelling in the glands
  • Coughing up blood

Systematic symptoms

  • Exhaustion and fatigue
  • Change in appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Night sweats

Guide to Cancer

Cancer Intro

Bladder cancer

Breast cancer

Lung cancer

Preventing cancer

Prostate cancer

Rectum cancer

Support for cancer sufferers

Symptoms of cancer

Treating of cancer

Womb cancer