Discuss these symptoms with your doctor
You won’t always get a lump or a bump with cancer, the signs can be much less obvious. However, keep in mind that many of these so-called cancer symptoms can also be due to other benign or non-cancer-related health issues as well. It’s key to discuss any of the following symptoms with your doctor for a proper diagnosis.
A lump in the front of the neck
A suspicious neck lump could be a sign of lung, throat, thyroid or breast cancer as well as leukaemia, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and some forms of skin cancer. While the lumps can be benign or non-cancerous, they’re a bigger concern if you also have risk factors like smoking, drinking, or you’re getting up there in years. Endocrinologist, Dr Michael Tuttle, says to pay attention to how the lump behaves. “The trick is (thyroid nodules) move up and down when you swallow,” Dr Tuttle says. “Most other lumps don’t move.”
Jaundice is the medical term for yellowing skin and eyes, and it comes from bile build up – an indication that your body isn’t able to break bile down. “Jaundice is one of the clearest symptoms of pancreatic cancer,” says gastroenterologist, Dr Christopher Di Maio. “Often, patients feel fine until one day a friend notices their eyes look yellow, then they go to the doctor and find they have advanced pancreatic cancer.” Jaundice can also cause your skin to itch. Yellowing skin is a symptom of gallbladder and liver cancers, as well as many other diseases and conditions.