11 Cancer Symptoms You Should Not Ignore
Cancer is one of those things that people are scared of the most. It sounds like an unbeatable disease that only brings destruction and death, but things aren’t
like that in every case. Sometimes, if people catch it early, things can end positively with a long, happy life ahead.
The trickiest thing in spotting the cancer is that the symptoms are often mistaken by something less “serious,” and doctors treat it accordingly. Here are the 11 cancer symptoms you should not ignore if you care about your life. Be aware that the last one is most often misinterpreted.
1. Persistent Tiredness
If you feel exhausted or fatigued more often than not, than that should make you raise some questions. One of the most severe reason is cancer, and you should know that both leukemia and colon cancer can be behind these symptoms. When your fatigue moment lasts for an extended period, then you should go to the doctor’s office and see what is going on.
2. Drastic and unexplained weight loss
If you know that you are losing a significant of weight but have not intentionally gone on a diet, cut calories or extensively exercising, then something wrong is going on. For some people, stress can cause a reduction in weight loss, such as a break-up, divorce, lost of employment, lost of a love one, etc… but if every thing in your life is relatively normal, be aware that most cancers will make you lose weight without knowing why, and you should check your vitals with your doctor.
3. Persistent pain
Even though you might now know this, sometimes cancer causes a persistent pain that has no explanation behind it. There is no reason to feel persistent pain when you are on medication for ‘minor’ pains. The pain location can indicate to you what type of cancer you might have: a brain tumor, ovary, rectum, or colon cancer.
4. A weird lump
When you notice a lump on your body or something off that has changed on your body, you should always ask yourself why. Tissue cells, skin, or any other part of your body will not change its appearance or consistency with no a reason. Find out what that reason is because it can be as dangerous as cancer. Remember cancer starts on the cell level. Cancer cell happens when cells divide uncontrollably beyond the normal function of repair and growth within the body…eventually creating a pile of mutated cells otherwise known as a tumor.
5. Frequent fever
Having a fever once in a while is normal enough, it is a sign of your body fighting some kind of infection. However, pay attention to your body if you tend to have fevers more frequently than “the norm.” Frequent fevers for no apparent reasons causes stress on your immune system and less often it can be early signs of some kind of blood cancer. Some types of cancer can cause it more often than others, but you should be aware leukemia and lymphoma have the “super-power” to cause fevers.
6. Changes on the skin
Your skin is first thing that will indicate the presence of cancer- specifically skin cancer, so you should be aware of any change and check with your doctor. Usually, unusual, new freckles, warts, or moles on your body, as well as their changing size or color, should be a concern to let your doctor know about it immediately. Other possible signs of skin cancer are bleeding skin, blotches, reddened skin and small legions with irregular borders.
7. Persistent cough
Not sure if this is bronchitis? If your cough seems not to go away with anything you take, that being antibiotics if you have bronchitis, than it appears that you may have a big problem that might just possibly result in having cancer. If your cough causes you chest pains and shoulder pains, this is definitely something serious that needs to be treated immediately.
8. A change in bladder or bowel habits
You know your body better than anyone else, so if you notice some changes in your bowels movement; meaning you urinate more often or you release the bowels more often than normal, go to doctor and let him know. The only time talking about your bowel movements is appropriate and natural is now, with your doctor. So don’t be embarrassed to talk to your doctor or nurse practitioner, she/he can save you from having something much worst. Both diarrhea and constipation are significant signs of colon cancer. Also, prostate cancer will bring you pain while urinating with possible blood in your urine.
9. Unexplained bleeding
Coughing up blood when you’re not “sick” or have bronchitis may be a sign of throat cancer. Bleeding from anywhere on your body is bad. If you’re bleeding not from a cut, than you need to have a doctor look at your condition. Other types of cancer such as cervical, colon, uterus cancer and anal cancer are types of cancer that will include bleeding from the anus or the vagina. Sometimes women will have unusual spotting that may be a sign of uterine cancer and should immediately let you doctor know.
10. Trouble swallowing food
Eating should be fun, relaxing, and comfortable because you are offering your organism something it likes and needs. When eating becomes a fight to swallow or you have indigestion, then your stomach is not alright. You can have stomach, throat or even esophagus cancer and you might not know it yet. Also though doctors won’t immediately correlate the symptoms with cancer, it’s best to have you appropriately checked.
11. Other symptoms
The symptoms we talked about in previous slides are the most common signs of cancer. Some other more hidden symptoms include swollen feet and some general changes in your organism’s look or general feeling. Some may not be exactly signs of cancer, or they can result from previous cancer treatments . Be proactive and pay attention to your body and your body will thank you.
Your health is the most precious thing in the world, and nobody can give it back to you once lost. The doctor is your best friend if you want a long life without pain and diseases. Therefore, getting regular checkups yearly or whenever strange symptoms arise. If you’re in your 30s and 40s, don’t demise the out of the ordinary health signs. Keep in mind that almost any cancer can be cured if you can spot it early.
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