Early detection is crucial in the fight against cancer. Alongside regular screenings and check-ups, paying attention to changes in your body can aid in catching cancer at its earliest stages. Recognizing warning signs and symptoms can prompt timely medical intervention, potentially improving treatment outcomes. Here are 10 symptoms that may indicate the presence of cancer and warrant a consultation with your healthcare provider, as emphasized by Dr. Ashish Gupta, USA trained, American board-certified medical oncologist, Chief of Medical Oncology at Unique Hospital Cancer Centre in Dwarka, India

Abnormal Periods or Pelvic Pain: While irregular periods and occasional pelvic discomfort are common, persistent changes in your menstrual cycle or chronic pelvic pain could signal underlying gynecological cancers such as cervical, uterine, or ovarian cancer.
Changes in Bathroom Habits: Significant alterations in bowel or bladder habits, including persistent constipation or diarrhea, blood in stool or urine, and increased frequency of urination, may indicate colorectal, prostate, or bladder cancer.
Bloating: Chronic bloating lasting more than two weeks can be a red flag for ovarian cancer and various gastrointestinal malignancies. Monitoring and reporting persistent bloating to your doctor is crucial for timely evaluation.
Breast Changes: New breast lumps, skin dimpling, nipple changes, or unusual discharge should be promptly evaluated, as they may signify breast cancer. It’s important to note that breast cancer can affect men as well.
Chronic Coughing: A persistent cough, especially if dry, lasting more than two weeks could be a warning sign of lung cancer. Early detection through medical assessment is essential for timely intervention.
Chronic Headache: Headaches persisting for more than two weeks and unresponsive to typical treatments may be associated with brain tumors. Seeking medical attention for prolonged headaches is paramount for accurate diagnosis and management.