7. You’re struggling to swallow
This is another thing that isn’t unusual but could be signalling cancer. If you’re also experiencing vomiting and weight loss, you could be suffering from throat or stomach cancer. If you struggle to swallow for a few weeks, talk to your doctor about it.
8. Bleeding in between your periods
Bleeding or spotting between your periods isn’t unusual, but if it happens consistently then you’re going to want to talk to your doctor about it. The bleeding could be caused by endometrial cancer, and you and your doctor will both want to rule that possibility out.
Heartburn is hardly uncommon, especially if you’ve eaten a lot of food or drank a lot of alcohol, but if it doesn’t go away or gets worse then you could be dealing with cancer. Heartburn is often a symptom of ovarian, stomach or throat cancer and can develop into a condition known as Barrett’s oesophagus, which can raise your risk of throat cancer.
10. Changes to your lymph nodes
Your lymph nodes usually swell if they’re fighting off an illness or infection, so mostly their swelling is pretty harmless. However, your lymph nodes can be affected by leukaemia and lymphoma, so if the swelling sticks around for more than a month, get it checked out by your doctor.
11. A fever
A fever is a common symptom of the flu, but if it doesn’t go away after a couple of days you could be looking at something much more serious. There are a few things that could cause a fever, including leukaemia and other blood cancers. See a doctor if your fever doesn’t break.
12. Changes to your mouth
If you’re a smoker, check the insides of your mouth for white, yellow or grey patches, or canker sores. These signs could be showing up because of oral cancer, so keep an eye on your mouth.
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