4 Vague Cancer Symptoms You Should Know – And Not Ignore

Nov 22 • 2016

There are a variety of cancer symptoms that people know to look out for, like rapid weight loss or unexplained bumps on lumps on the body. However, there are some other, lesser-known signs that are also important to recognize and bring to a doctor’s attention. Being aware of these additional symptoms can help with early detection – a crucial step for any form of cancer.

Heavy Sweating During the Night

If you’re experiencing intense night sweats, this could be a sign of cancer. Many women often miss this if they are around the age of menopause because they tend to assume that it is associated with that period of their lives. However, it could be a sign of a tumor in the lymph cells. Because lymphoma cells use a lot of energy, the body sweats heavily throughout the night. If you’re waking up with damp pajamas or bedding, speak with your doctor about what this could mean.

Back Pain

Back pain is a common issue for many people; however, most people who suffer from this type of pain tend to experience it in the lower back. If you’re getting pain in the middle of your back that has spread from the upper abdomen, this could be a symptom of pancreatic cancer. Speak with your doctor right away if you’re noticing this, especially in combination with loss of appetite or fatigue.

Issues in the Mouth and Throat

Your mouth can tell you a lot about your overall health. If you’re having trouble swallowing, this could be an early sign of cancer in the head or neck, including mouth, tongue, or esophagus. This is especially true for people who smoke or drink frequently. Similarly, pain in the back of the mouth or ulcers on the mouth or tongue are important to look out for.

Trouble Urinating

More so for men, trouble urinating could be a warning sign of prostate cancer. The older a man gets, the larger his prostate gland becomes. This can result in frequent urination – however, if you’re having difficulty doing so regardless of gender, there could be some kind of obstruction causing the problem.

Wondering whether symptoms you’ve recently experienced could be a sign of cancer? Make an appointment with one of our oncologists today to determine what steps to take next.