Cancer Early Detection: When To Go For A Check Up

Music of Freddie Mercury and the Queen is coming to the National Capital through a fabulous story, and live singing and dancing. English theatre ‘Queen of Rock’- a musical about a group of Bohemians struggling to restore the free exchange of thought, fashion and live music in an era of uniformity is set to take the stage at O.P. Jindal Auditorium, Delhi on November 16 and 17.

‘Queen of Rock’, however, besides bringing Freddie Mercury’s four-octave vocal range live, has another ambition. To shed light on CAPED- Cancer Awareness, Prevention and Early Detection. The proceeds from the play will fund cervical awareness and screening in low-income areas, thus marching towards a cervical cancer mukt Bharat. This comes as a much needed move; especially when cervical cancer amongst all other types kill Indian women the  most, whereas it is 100% preventable among women. So without any more delay, do your bit and book yourself a ticket right away.

Further, for your help, here’s a list of all the symptoms of different types of cancer you should look out for. In case, you notice any of these, consult a doctor right away.

Cervical Cancer

  • Bleeding between periods
  • Bleeding after sexual intercourse
  • Bleeding in post-menopausal women
  • Discomfort during sexual intercourse
  • Vaginal discharge with a strong odor
  • Vaginal discharge tinged with blood
  • Pelvic pain

Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer

  • Lump in your breast or underarm
  • Swelling in the armpit, collarbone, or breast
  • Pain or tenderness in your  breast
  • A flat or indented area on your breast
  • Change in size, colour, texture or temperature of your breast
  • Your nipple pulling inward, getting dimpled or burnt
  • Nipple discharge
  • A marble-like area under the skin

Bladder Cancer

  • Blood in urine (hematuria)
  • Painful urination
  • Pelvic pain
  • Back pain
  • Frequent urination

Colon and Rectal Cancer

  • A persistent change in your bowel habits, including diarrhea or constipation or a change in the consistency of your stool
  • Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool
  • Persistent abdominal discomfort, such as cramps, gas or pain
  • A feeling that your bowel doesn’t empty completely
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss

Kidney Cancer

  • Blood in your urine, which may appear pink, red or cola coloured
  • Pain in your back or side that doesn’t go away
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Tiredness
  • Fever, which usually comes and goes (intermittent)



  • Fever or chills
  • Persistent fatigue, weakness
  • Frequent or severe infections
  • Losing weight without trying
  • Swollen lymph nodes, enlarged liver or spleen
  • Easy bleeding or bruising
  • Recurrent nosebleeds
  • Tiny red spots in your skin (petechiae)
  • Excessive sweating, especially at night
  • Bone pain or tenderness

Liver Cancer

  • Losing weight without trying
  • Loss of appetite
  • Upper abdominal pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • General weakness and fatigue
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Yellow discoloration of your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)
  • White, chalky stools

Lung Cancer

  • A cough that does not go away or gets worse
  • Coughing up blood or rust-coloured sputum (spit or phlegm)
  • Chest pain that is often worse with deep breathing, coughing, or laughing
  • Hoarseness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling tired or weak
  • Infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia that don’t go away or keep coming back
  • New onset of wheezing

Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer

  • Jaundice
  • Abdominal pain
  • Back pain
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Prostate Cancer

  • Frequent urination
  • Weak or interrupted urine flow or the need to strain to empty the bladder
  • The urge to urinate frequently at night
  • Blood in the urine
  • Blood in the seminal fluid
  • New onset of erectile dysfunction
  • Pain or burning during urination, which is much less common
  • Discomfort or pain when sitting, caused by an enlarged prostate

Thyroid Cancer

  • A lump in the front of the neck, near the Adam’s apple
  • Hoarseness
  • Swollen glands in the neck
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pain in the throat or neck
  • A cough that persists and is not caused by a cold

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