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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.