Cancer symptoms vary depending on the type of cancer, how large the tumor is (if there is a tumor involved), and its location in your body.

Below are symptoms and warning signs that occur with many cancers:

  • Skin changes: your skin can get darker, itchy, or become red. You can also get jaundice (skin and eyes become yellow).
  • Extreme fatigue/tiredness that doesn’t get better with rest
  • Fever
  • Pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Night sweats
  • Abnormal bleeding, such as red blood in your stool or dark black stools
Never ignore an unusual symptom, especially if it has lasted for a while, or is getting worse. Get checked by a healthcare professional as soon as you can.

Some symptoms, like fatigue or tiredness, are unlikely to be caused by cancer if it is your only symptom.  But it is best to have a check-up, especially if it is worrying you, even if it seems unimportant. Whatever the causes of your symptoms, your healthcare provider will be able to help figure them out and treat them appropriately. And in the unlikely event that it is cancer, the earlier treatment begins, the better.


Last Updated June 2020