15 Symptoms Of Cancer You Should Not Ignore
The symptoms of cancer can be deceptive as they may seem to be normal and imitate those of other simple diseases.
The following list may seem a bit scary but each of these symptoms can be tied to far less serious ailments than cancer, so do not get excessively stressed until you've been thoroughly evaluated by a professional. With a disease so serious it helps to take the extra precautions when you feel skeptical of any of the following symptoms.
- Breast changes Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of the disease in the world that affects both men and women. There are several evident signs that should be analyzed closely by a specialist, such as change in breast structure, appearance of lumps or changes in the skin or nipple. It is important to remember that these signs aren't definitive proof of existing breast cancer. They can sometimes indicate smaller hormonal or health factors, so visiting an expert can clear any ambiguity.
- Blood in urine or feces If you're uncomfortable during digestion and notice any redness in feces or urine, you should immediately seek medical attention. This is typically an indicator of onset colon or kidney cancer.
- Sudden weight loss without effort If you experience significant weight loss without any change in diet or physical exertion, you should be more concerned than relieved. There are many different explanations for this, but a person shouldn't rule out the possibility of pancreatic, lung or stomach cancer.
- Unexplained pain Pain can be a result of numerous conditions, but ongoing pain which is unexplained and lasts a month or longer can signal bone, brain, or other cancers. Do not ignore this and ask your doctor about any suspicious prolonged and unexplained pain.
- Unusual and persistent fatigue It is not uncommon to feel fatigued with the pressures of life but when you haven't really done much with your day, and you still experience a persistent tiredness, then it may be worth looking into it. If you have a reasonable diet and sleep routine and still experiences tiredness, you should consider the root of the problem and discuss it with a physician.
- Bleeding in between periods in women A bit of spotting in the gap of time where you aren't normally having a period can be caused by a change in hormone levels, cervix inflammation, stress and blood thinners. It's good to have a physician check for the likeliness of endometrial cancer in the uterus if the spotting happens more than once.
- Bloating in women About one in every ten people experience bloating on a regular basis, and women are particularly susceptible to it. It's a common ailment of dietary trends, indigestion, premenstrual syndrome and pregnancy, but a persistent bloating may be subject to concern. If the bloating lasts longer than two weeks or is paired with bleeding and weight loss, check with your doctor for your risk of ovarian cancer.
- Changes in testicles in men If you notice a lump, swelling, pain or discomfort, with or without swelling or any other change in your testicle, visit your doctor as it may indicate testicular cancer which can grow quite fast. Some doctors recommend that men ages 15 to 55 perform a monthly self-examination to identify any changes.
- Problems while urinating in men Having an enlarged prostate gland is common among men as they get older and can cause some problems when passing urine such as the urge to urinate more often, especially at night or trouble starting to urinate or having a weak stream. But these can also be symptoms of prostate cancer. Meet your doctor to check the cause of the problem.
- Difficulty in swallowing
Sometimes there maybe swelling or dryness in the throat that makes it difficult to swallow, otherwise known as dysphagia. While it may seem like a minor inconvenience to some, it is also sometimes caused by cancer in the mouth, throat or esophagus. If you have trouble ingesting foods or liquids and especially if it's consistent, you should be evaluated by your doctor.
This is probably one of the most vague symptoms on the list. There are several reasons that people cough, and more often than not they are trivial and temporary in nature. It's when the cough persists over the course of weeks that someone should be concerned. If you find yourself in pain or short of breath during the cough it could be serious. If you cough up blood, it is serious. Smokers should pay particular attention to coughing, as it's the most typical sign of lung cancer.
- Heartburn For many heartburn is a familiar struggle. Other people struggle with acid reflux because of biological dispositions. But if you've tried to alleviate your heartburn with an altered routine and saw no results, you should locate the root of the problem. Heartburn can be an indicator of cancer in the ovaries, heart and esophagus.
- Fever Having high fever is a regular part of nearly everybody's life at some point. Like many of the symptoms listed above, there could be multiple explanations for discomfort brought on by a fever. It's when the fever refuses to go away or happens in severe conditions that you should be concerned and discuss it you're your doctor.
- Changes in Lymph Nodes The lymphatic system plays an important role in fighting infections and absorbing excess fluids, fats, and toxic waste material from your entire body. Some areas where lymph nodes commonly swell are in the neck, groin, and underarms. While common infections can cause lymph swelling, some cancers, including leukemia and lymphoma, can also cause this symptom.