The 20 Most Ignored Cancer Symptoms in Women and Men

Bone Pain

Whether it's a shooting pain or a dull aching sensation, any indication of bone pain could be a sign of bone cancer. You may also experience swelling or fractures, the American Cancer Society reports.

Body Rash

Rashes can indicate all kinds of health conditions, like infections or allergic reactions. They can also be a sign of leukemia, which is cancer of the blood. 

Eye Pain

pain in or around the eyes can be a sign of eye cancer, as is seeing shadows and flashes of light, blurred vision, or vision loss.

Frequent Headaches

We all get a headache here an there, but if you notice any unusual new patterns of headaches or growth in severity, Mayo Clinic says this could be a sign of a brain tumor.


Frequent episodes of heartburn or a constant low-level feeling of pain in the chest after eating could be signs of esophageal cancer or stomach cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.

Painful Periods

Many women reported unusually heavy or painful periods or bleeding between periods as the tip-off to endometrial cancer.

Nipple Changes

One of the most common changes women notice before a breast cancer diagnosis is a nipple that began to appear flattened, inverted or turned sideways.

Sore Breasts

In women, breasts that appear red or purplish in color or feel hot, swollen, or irritated can signal inflammatory breast cancer, according to the National Institute of Health.

Testicular Swelling

If you're experiencing any usual changes of the testicles, such as swelling, then you should pay a visit to your doctor. Enlarged or swollen testicles can signal testicle cancer in men, which can be coupled with or without pain.