While you are taking the steps to stay cancer-free, you need to keep aware of the symptoms that may be associated with cancer. These are:

  • Lumpiness or a thickened area in your breasts, any changes in the shape or colour of your breasts, unusual nipple discharge, a nipple that turns inwards (if it hasn’t always been that way) or any unusual pain.
  • A lump in the neck, armpit or anywhere else in the body.
  • Sores or ulcers that don’t heal.
  • Coughs or hoarseness that won’t go away or coughing up blood.
  • Changes in toilet habits that last more than two weeks, blood in a bowel motion.
  • New moles or skin spots, or ones that have changed shape, size or colour, or that bleed.
  • Unusual vaginal discharge or bleeding. Unexplained weight loss.

Remember, these symptoms do not always mean cancer, and only your doctor can make a diagnosis. Report these symptoms to your healthcare provider promptly.