Top Cancer Symptoms Men Shouldn't Ignore

It is sometimes common for men not to listen to their bodies and to ignore symptoms they may experiencing. What many people don't realize is that the sooner a disease like cancer is diagnosed, the better chances of survival. So, if you are feeling any if these symptoms of cancer, get checked out by a doctor. Chances are it's not cancer-related, but better to be safe.

Pain or Difficulty Urinating

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Pain or difficult urination is often a sign of prostate cancer. This also includes having a weak stream of urine. Having to urinate often at night should be reported to a physician. Men should also watch out for any blood in the urine.

Testicular Lumps

A lump, no matter what the size, in the testicle can be a sign of testicular cancer. Men should examine their scrotum and testicles every month. This type of monthly exam is called a testicular self-exam.

Pelvic Pain

Pain in the pelvic region can be a symptom of many things, including testicular and prostate cancer. Any type of pain lasting more than a few days or pain that does not go away needs to be evaluated by a doctor.

Sore, Lesion or Growth on the Penis

A sore or lesion on the penis is a symptom of penile cancer. Penile cancer, although rare, does occur. If you have any abnormalities on your penis, see a doctor.

Persistent Stomach Upset or Bowel Changes

If you experience constipation, diarrhea, blood in the stools, gas, thinner stools, or just a general overall change in bowel habits, see your doctor. Changes in the bowel can be signs of colon cancer.

Changes in the Breast

Did you know that men can also develop breast cancer? Men need to watch of for symptoms like nipple discharge, lumps, skin dimpling and a red or scaly appearance on or around the breast.

Unintentional Weight Loss

Losing 10 or more pounds without trying may be a nice surprise, but isn't quite normal. Although weight may fluctuate throughout the month, anything 10 pounds or more should be reported to your doctor.

Coughing, Wheezing or Shortness of Breath

Having a cough that does not go away, wheezing or difficulty breathing that is not related to another condition can be a symptom of lung cancer. If you are experiencing the signs of lung cancer, please see your doctor as soon as possible.


Fatigue is one of the most commonly experienced cancer symptoms. It is usually more common when the cancer is at an advanced stage, but it still occurs early on. Any type of fatigue that prevents you from doing normal daily activities needs to be evaluated by a doctor.