Cancer is a word that brings fear to many people, and you’ll often hear of people being diagnosed asymptomatic. This means that the cancer has developed in a part of the body which has no symptoms, or symptoms are not felt at the time.
Someone with cancer doesn’t have to have symptoms. If you have asymptomatic cancer, you might only find out when an X-ray or other diagnostic test reveals the problem. Some symptoms of cancer can be vague and can be easily mistaken for other health conditions. Also, you might only notice symptoms at the later stage of development when the cancer starts to affect other parts of the body.
Because of cancer’s ability to “hide in plain sight”, it’s important to keep up with recommended cancer screening tests, which can detect cancers at a very early stage, even before they’ve caused any obvious symptoms.