Test Your Knowledge of Cancer's Warning Signs

Early detection of cancer is important because it's usually easier to treat—and possibly cure—when it's found early while it's small and hasn't spread. Do you know what signs to look for? Take this quiz to find out more.

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1. Any sudden or ongoing change in the way a mole looks could be a sign of melanoma, a deadly type of skin cancer.
2. Open sores that don't heal, or heal and then come back, may be a sign of skin cancer.
3. One sign of melanoma is a mole with shades of tan, brown, black, red, or blue.
4. Changes, lumps, or hard masses in the testicles are signs of testicular cancer.
5. Changes in bowel habits—such as blood in your stool, diarrhea that lasts a long time, or chronic constipation—are common symptoms of stomach cancer.
6. Lumps, hard knots, or a thickening in the breast could mean breast cancer.
7. A nagging cough or hoarseness could be signs of lung cancer.
8. Prostate cancer often has no symptoms in its early stages.
9. Symptoms of mouth or tongue cancer include a sore inside the mouth that doesn't heal and mouth pain that doesn't get better or go away.
10. Bladder cancer often has no symptoms.
Online Medical Reviewer: Felson, Sabrina, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Gersten, Todd, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Gotwals, Jessica, RN, BSN, MPH
Date Last Reviewed: 1/1/2023
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