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Cancer Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

When it comes to cancer symptoms, it is wise to find some middle ground and become knowledgeable. With that in mind, there are certain cancer symptoms you should never ignore.

Key Words: New And Consistent

Pay attention to your body. There are some consistent signs that should get your attention as possible early stage cancer. Before we list the cancer symptoms you should never ignore, be aware of any changes to your body. New and seemingly unimportant signs that last longer than usual should alert you to see Northwest Medical Specialties.

One example would be a person who never gets heartburn. If that person suddenly becomes symptomatic and it persists for several weeks, it could be the result of a new diet or possibly something more serious.

Don’t ignore these symptoms.

Unexplained Weight Loss

Fluctuating weight and lack of appetite should not be ignored. Many of us wish we could drop some pounds, but when it happens quickly and we are not doing anything purposeful to lose weight, this could be something speak your doctor about.

New And Unexplained Pain

If you are having pain and normal meds are not helping, this could be a red flag. It might be something completely benign, but if you can’t explain any natural cause, it should be checked out.

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This is easily ignored as you get older or have a busy lifestyle. If it persists regardless of how much sleep you get, speak with your doctor. Call Northwest Medical Specialties if it is affecting your quality of life.


A fever can indicate lots of simple infections like the flu or a cold. We don’t pay much attention to it when we are sick.

Some telltale signs of concern include:

  • Fever that happens mostly at night
  • You have night sweats
  • You have no other illness or infection

Skin Changes

Most of us understand the importance of wearing sunscreen, and we think it will protect us if we are faithful. That is not always the case if we had early sunburns. Look out for moles that are changing or growing, change color, bleed, have irregular borders, and have jagged edges. Don’t wait to see Northwest Medical Specialties for an analysis.

Changes In Bowel Habits

Persistent constipation, diarrhea, black or red blood in your stool, frequent urination, and blood in the urine may all be warning signs of a more serious problem.

Unusual Lumps

Any new lumps should not be ignored. Sometimes our lymph nodes become swollen with a cold or infection, but that should go away when you are better.

Additional symptoms you should never ignore include the following:

  • Chronic dry cough
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Bloating
  • Mouth or tongue sores that don’t heal
  • Excessive bruising

Contact Northwest Medical Specialties at (253) 428-8700 if you have any of the above persistent symptoms.

HEALTH ALERT! For the safety of our patients and staff only patients will be allowed into our clinics and everyone MUST wear a mask. See additional information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Important COVID 19  Information for patients of Northwest Medical Specialties

November 16, 2020 Update

During these difficult times we are making every effort to keep our patients and staff safe from COVID 19, we appreciate your patience and understanding with the changes you may have seen within our practice.

We strive to protect our patients and staff as much as we possibly can from any exposure on our premises.  NWMS has implemented a system wide policy that does not allow anyone in the building that is not a patient and everyone must wear an NWMS provided mask over their mouth and nose during their time on our premises.  This is to protect our vulnerable patients from the unforeseen possibility of exposure to COVID 19 which can be transmitted through aerosol droplets.  Sadly, we have had patients that have died from the complications of COVID 19, which is both devastating and preventable.

We offer a virtual visit option for family, friends, and companions to participate in the care of our patients through Zoom.  Our staff will assist you with every step of the login process and invite you to participate in real time from your vehicle or designated safe space in our building. Please contact us at 253-428-8700 to set this up.

The following offices are temporarily closed:

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, please make sure to contact us via phone prior to your appointment. You may also contact us for any additional questions by calling our office at (253) 428-8700.

Here are a few additional resources as well:

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control