Difference Between Signs and Symptoms
While they may seem like the same thing, there is an important difference between signs and symptoms.
*Signs are measurable conditions, such as a fever, that can be observed by another person.
*Symptoms are detectable only by the person who is actually experiencing them. Pain and fatigue fall into this category.
Keep in mind that many signs and symptoms may be temporary and caused by something other than cancer. Be sure to consult a doctor if these conditions become exacerbated or don’t go away over time.
Possible Signs and Symptoms of Cancer
*Fatigue or tiredness that is not relieved by rest
*Significant weight loss or gain (10+ pounds) with no apparent cause
*Eating and digestive problems, including lack of appetite, stomach pain, nausea and vomiting or constipation, diarrhea or other changes in bowel habits
*Swelling, thickening or lumps in the breast or any part of the body
*Sudden unexplained pain that becomes more serious or continues to linger
*Changes in skin features, such as a new mole or altered appearance in an existing one, a sore that refuses to heal or a yellowish color in skin or eyes
*Chronic coughing and hoarseness
*Bleeding or bruising that appears suddenly without reason
*Pain or blood in the urine, or increase or decrease in frequency of urination
*Fever or night sweats
*Vision or hearing problems
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