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A 41-year-old male asked:

what are the symptoms of cancer?

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Dr. Laura Armas-Kolostroubis
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
It depends: Initially most cancers have no symptoms, hence the need for screening for the most common ones: cervical, breast, colon, etc. Depending on which organ or system the cancer is, the symptoms will be specific. Once advanced, weight loss, fatigue, fevers can be common symptoms. Would need more clarification for specific answer
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Depends.: Depends primarily on location and type of cancer. Signs and symptoms are often noted directly at the site of the cancer - bleeding / pain / lump, etc. When the number of cancer cells becomes very large there are usually systemic symptoms including fever / night sweats / weight loss / fatigue, etc. Some cancers affect production of hormones and can produce distant effects as well.
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management 39 years experience
Cancer: This a wide open question and it really depends on what type it is. Symptoms can be - nausea, vomiting, weight loss, pain, malaise, fevers, mental issues, bruising on the skin, diarrhoea, GI bleeding, breathlessness, coughing up blood, fractures, abnormal lumps, loss of appetite. Without knowing the type its difficult to advise.
Dr. Uma Swamy
Dr. Uma Swamy answered
Radiation Oncology 16 years experience
Depends: There are no specific symptoms - it is really a broad spectrum depending on the type, location, stage, etc. If there is a specific concern, please speak with your primary care doctor.
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
It varies: Cancer can produce different symptoms in different people...it is largely related to where the cancer started. Often there is a growth(a mass or a tumor) a swelling which is increasing in size and is often painless. In chest it can produce chest pain or cough. In the abdomen, it is often swelling or pain which is persistent and progressive. Weight loss can also be a feature.
Dr. Charles Jarowski
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
Symptoms of Cancer: Cancer can present with a variety of symptoms or none at all. General symptoms can include unexplained weight loss, fever, weakness and unexplained pain. Organ specific symptoms can include a darkening mole, a hardened white lesion in the mouth, blood in the phlegm, urine, or stool, abdominal pain or swelling, difficulty swallowing, or persistent headaches. Many patients have no symptoms at all.
Dr. Richard Romano
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Cancer symptoms : Why are you asking? Often people who ask this have real concerns or irrational concerns. When young people ask me this question without a real concern I am concerned about anxiety. Cancer can have no symptoms or a list of symptoms which are too long to list. These symptoms are can occur with many many conditions, not just cancer: fever, night sweats, loss of appetite, weight loss, black stool
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Variable: Signs and symptoms of cancer vary by the type, location and stage of the disease. You may visit this site for information. https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/diagnosis-staging/symptoms To prevent cancer : Have a healthy diet, exercise 30 minutes/day, drink plenty of water, have safe sex, no tobacco alcohol weed or street drugs. For nutrition: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/. Get HPV vaccine.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Usually none: It's discovered as a mass on your yearly pelvic exam. If you have a full feeling in your pelvis, go in and get checked at any time.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Nonspecific: In many cases, asymptomatic or no specific symptoms some vague, non specific abdominal pain, nausea, bloathing etc. When it is symptomatic- like persistent abd pain, weight loss, no bowel movement etc- usually already in more advanced stage.
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Anything,.....: ....or nothing. The symptoms will depend on where the cancer starts and how advanced it is. Early cancers usually cause no symptoms, thus the importance of screening and early detection. If you are a bit more specific in your question, maybe we can answer better. Peace to you.
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Symptoms are late: You have to be looking for early signs which are a painless lump, unusual bleeding, unexplained weight loss or prolonged fever. You need to alert, looking for anything unusual on your body and get annual screening for Cancer for early detection.
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Varied symptoms: Cancer can develop in different parts of the human body. Depending on its location, there are local symptoms of swelling/new growth which is often painless when it is small but may become painful after it has grown in size to more than 2-3 inches. There can be ulceration and bleeding from the new growth. Some peeopl start losing weight despite eating normally. An unexplained fever can be a clue to

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Many: There are many types of cancers- thus symptoms would vary based on the type , biology of cancers. It may include some symptoms caused by the enlargement of mass- like pain, symptoms of obstruction, depending on the organ involved. Some systemic symptoms like unintentional significant weight loss, fever, chils, night sweats, etc- could be there too.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

Whats symptoms of cancer and diabetic?

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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Wide question: This can books to answr, you need to be more specific with your question. Diabetes can manifest as frequent urination and thirst and cancer depending on where it is has different manifestation.

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