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14 Cancer Warning Signs Your Doctor Should Never Ignore

Reader's Digest Logo By Kimberly Holland of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 14: Blood is rarely a good thing unless you know where it's coming from (a cut or scrape, for example). If you're seeing blood and aren't sure why—whether it's in your mucus or from a cough—make an appointment with your doctor. 'This can be blood in urine, blood in bowels, vaginal bleeding after menopause, or coughing up blood,' says Martha K. Terris, MD, the Witherington Distinguished professor and chair at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta University.Women, whether or not they've been through menopause, also shouldn't ignore unexplained bleeding—it's just one of the 15 silent signs your body might be in big trouble.

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Blood is rarely a good thing unless you know where it's coming from (a cut or scrape, for example). If you're seeing blood and aren't sure why—whether it's in your mucus or from a cough—make an appointment with your doctor. 'This can be blood in urine, blood in bowels, vaginal bleeding after menopause, or coughing up blood,' says Martha K. Terris, MD, the Witherington Distinguished professor and chair at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta University.Women, whether or not they've been through menopause, also shouldn't ignore unexplained bleeding—it's just one of the 15 silent signs your body might be in big trouble.
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