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  • Posted: 01/28/2005
  • Reviewed: 09/30/2009

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Early Cancer May Not Have Any Symptoms

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Some people visit the doctor only when they feel pain or when they notice changes like a lump in the breast or unusual bleeding or discharge. But don't wait until then to be checked because early cancer may not have any symptoms. That is why screening for some cancers is important, particularly as you get older. Screening methods are designed to check for cancer in people with no symptoms.

Early Cancer May Not Have Any Symptoms