Alternate Names : Carcinoma, Tumor, Malignancy
What are the signs and symptoms of the disease?
The specific symptoms of cancer depend upon where the cancer is located.
In some cases, a tumor can stay hidden for years because it causes no damage to tissues
that would result in an observable symptom. Examples of cancers that may stay hidden
for a long time include the following.
A breast lump
must grow to the size of the fingertip to be felt.
A colon cancer
may be undetected until it erodes into a blood vessel in the colon. Blood will then leak into
Many times the symptoms of cancer are vague or can be mistaken for other
diseases. The non-specific symptoms of cancer can include:
unexplained weight loss
unusual lumps or growth
Any of these symptoms should prompt you to see your doctor.