The signs of cancer
Some signs are just general and might apply to anything, but still never ignore them. Analyze every symptom if you notice it. And book a doctor meeting.
The cancer comes in more than 200 kinds and still lung, prostate, ovary, breast, bladder, colorectal, kidney, endometrial and pancreas are most common; melanoma and leukemia too!
The worst thing is the mortality and survival rates of lung cancer. They are often missed o time before healing. Those cancers are discovered in late stages sadly.
Strange weight loss
The obvious and first sign. Usually happens with breast or lung cancer. Mostly, this weight loss is due to liver cancer spread and the liver works even worse than before. It cannot remove toxins or level the cravings. It even may mean digestive cancer or colon cancer. It’s common because: 40% have lost weight due to it and 80% with late stages had cachexia or ‘wasting’.
If you don’t make changes in diet or workout and still lose weight, something is wrong. Losing 10 lbs in a month or 10% of the weight in 6 months – it is a concern.
This might mean just a plain flu or cold, but if it doesn’t end is serious like maybe lymphoma. Also, leukemia the blood cell cancer can cause fevers, infections, fatigue and aches – similar to flu!
Weakness and fatigue
These persist even after you are rested and is a negative thing. It might be cancer
Short breaths and wheezes
Sometimes these are various problems but might be probably lung cancer. If the tumor in the lung spreads and presses it makes you wheezy, breathing like a whistle during exhaling.
Chest pain and cough
Lung cancer or leukemia can imitate bronchitis or coughs and be on and off all the time. Also, chest pain goes along this and goes down the arms. If you get a hoarse voice after a few weeks see a doctor urgently. Sometimes this voice is just a thyroid cancer, laryngeal or lung or esophagus cancer.
The strange abdomen bloating that is on and off too for a long time might be ovary cancer. If there is also swollen belly, pelvis pain or fullness it might indicate more. Sometimes these occur after overeating, but check it just in case.
Heartburn is just an acid reflux, but it could be esophagus cancer or Barett’s cancer.
In one study in the Journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology of May, 2012, it was said inflammation on the esophagus lining tissue is due to heartburns and makes risk of cancer bigger. Even more, in another study by experts of Rhode Island Hospital linked the Barett’s esophagus cancer and esophageal cancer. This was stated by the American Journal of Cell Physiology, 2013.
Changes in bowels lasting more than a month mean you need to see a doctor. It could be bowel cancer, and is common for elder people.
Problems swallowing or stuck food in the throat and chest could be throat and esophagus cancer. Other signs are burn sensation and pain during swallowing the food.
Many times the esophagus cancer doesn’t show signs and keep an eye on this.
The eye whites and skin get yellow. This is gallbladder or liver issue, but also pancreas cancer that disrupts bile and liver work.
Strange swelling and lumps
Weird lumps in the breasts, testicles, groin, neck, armpits, abdomen must be checked. Sometimes the armpit lump or big lymph nodes are breast cancer. Sore, swollen and aching breasts too.
New moles and changes in moles
Skin changes can cause pain and might seem usual sometimes but pay attention to: new spots, wounds that slowly heal, changed symmetry and size of moles, diameters and colors.
Changes in nails
Strange fingernail changes are dangerous and might be skin cancer, liver or lung cancer. Some signs occur due to various issues but here are the dangers: black and brown spots under nails (skin cancer), finger clubbing (large ends i.e. lung cancer) due to less oxygen to every cell. Whitish and pale nails due to bad work of the liver or liver cancer.
Abdomen pain and pelvis pain
The low belly pain and heaviness might be ovary cancer and mess your urinating. It happens because: colon cancer diagnosis, breast, uterus or rectum cancer. Never being pregnant and also family history of risk in rectal cancer. Also, pelvis pain is sometimes leukemia or uterus cancer.
Strange pain more than a month
Sometimes this is vague but if the pain persists more than a month it could be kidney and bladder cancer. Bloody stool is bowel cancer or just hemorrhoids.
Blood after menopause or between each period is uterus or endometrial cancer and vaginal bleedings are vagina cancer, but rarely. The gastro bleeding might be colorectal cancer type.
Vomiting and coughing blood is esophageal cancer, lung and stomach cancer. Excessive bleeds or bruises might be leukemia and sometimes strange bleeding might be a hidden disease.
Cancer screenings and tests are really important and needed to keep track in time of dangers. See a doctor right away.