10 Early Cancer Symptoms No One Should Ignore
Any sudden change in your body can be a sign of a serious health condition. Here are some of the Cancer symptoms that shouldn't be ignored.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death, after heart disease, but if caught early, the treatment is more likely to be successful. There are more than 200 types of Cancer with many possible signs and symptoms. In early stages, the symptoms are very hard to notice, so it's important that you know your body well, to notice any changes that may occur.
Any sudden change in your body should be checked out immediately because in early stages there are more options for treatment and the chances to cure cancer are higher.
So whatever odd symptoms you notice, make sure you see your doctor right away. It may as well be nothing, but it's always better to know for sure.
1. You've noticed changes in your bladder habits.
Changes may include urinating more (or less) frequently, bladder control issues or discharging more (or less) urine than you normally do. You should see a doctor right away, especially if these symptoms are associated with persistent back, lower abdomen or pelvic pain, and any kind of unusual bleeding.
2. You've noticed digestive changes.
Any digestive issues that persist need to be checked out. If you poo more or less frequently, you're feeling full up quickly after you've finished eating, you're nauseous and sick, you have heartburn, indigestion or a bloated feeling in the abdomen, and these symptoms last more than 3 weeks, you should see your doctor right away. These symptoms are often associated with diet changes, constipation or stress, but if they are persistent and severe, they may indicate something more serious.
3. You've noticed changes on your skin.
Unlike in other organs, any change that occurs on your skin is visible. Keep your eyes open for any sore or wound that doesn't seem to heal, obvious changes in the size, color, shape or thickness of a wart, mole or mouth sore. Ask your doctor about any new spots or moles, especially the ones that are over 7 mm across, have an asymmetrical or irregular shape, with irregular or jagged borders or with more than one color.
4. You've noticed a thickening or lump on your body.
If you feel any unusual swelling on your body, especially if it's associated with night sweats, unexplained weight loss, or recurring high temperature, see your doctor immediately. Women should pay close attention to their breasts and any lumps, nipple changes, discharge or blood, size changes, redness or thickening that may appear. Men should keep an eye open for any testicle changes that may occur, such as dull ache in scrotum, lumps, or sensation of heaviness in the scrotum and the lower abdomen.
5. You've noticed any unusual bleeding or discharge.
This is a symptom that can't be ignored. If you cough up blood, you notice blood in your poo or you bleed after sex, menopause and between periods, you should see a doctor right away.
6. You can't get rid of a nagging cough or hoarseness.
If a cough or hoarseness doesn't go away after 3 weeks, it may be a sign of disease. Other symptoms may include coughing up blood, difficulty in swallowing, a burning sensation, feeling like food is stuck, unexplained weight loss, and pain in the chest or back.
7. You have mouth problems.
Signs such as white or red patches, sores that won't heal, any lumps or ulcers, bleeding, numbness, unexplained pain, a loose tooth or not being able to move your jaw could be symptoms of something serious, especially if they are associated with other unusual changes.
8. You lose weight unexpectedly.
If you're on a diet and you start losing weight quickly, that's pretty normal. It's also common to lose weight or your appetite when you're stressed or upset. But if you aren't doing anything in particular, it may be a sign of other conditions and not necessarily cancer.
9. You have a persistent fever and repeated instances of infection.
We usually get a fever when we have an infection or as a side effect of some medication. But if the fever and/or the infection persists, or it keeps recurring, make sure you see your doctor to rule out a more serious possibility.
10. You feel tired all the time.
Fatigue can be a result of many things, such as anemia, insomnia, thyroid problems, or stress, and it's not an unusual thing for those who work may hours. But if you have no good reason for feeling tired all the time and sleep doesn't seem to help, you should see your doctor right away.