If you are at a higher risk, you should recognize any small changes in your body. There aren’t many awareness campaigns for some types of cancer, but I have compiled a list of signs and symptoms that you need to know. Some symptoms are cancer specific while others are universal signs.
Lumps are one of the most universal of all cancer symptoms. If you feel a lump that does not belong, have it checked out. Lumps can be found during your routine shower. Soap yourself down and run your fingers over your body. If you find something out of place, don’t panic. Some lumps are benign, but if a lump has grown or changed, it might be a sign of cancer.
If you are urinating more frequently, your body may be trying to warn you of a problem. Frequent urination is a symptom of some other health issues such as diabetes. However, if the urination is painful, this is a signal that something is wrong. Consult your doctor because prostate or bladder cancer are also warned by changes in urination.
One of the most commonly overlooked symptoms of cancer is changes in bowel movements. If you experience bouts of diarrhea and constipation, your body may be warning you of a serious problem. Pay attention to your stool size. If you have persistent pain in the abdominal area, you need to visit your physician.
Indigestion is a symptom of a variety of health issues, but it can be a symptom of cancer. If you are suffering from heartburn or pain after eating, your body may be warning you about upper digestive tract cancer. Difficulty swallowing and constant stomach pain are additional signs. If you are eating too many antacids, you might want to be checked out.
Sores that don’t belong may be easily overlooked as possible cancer symptoms. However, skin cancer and oral cancer are often diagnosed from the sores. Sores on the genital area should especially not be overlooked. Cancer of the genital area is often diagnosed when a person has a sore checked out.
If you aren’t dieting and you are losing weight, you might want to be checked for cancer. Cancer steals the nutrients and your body starts shedding pounds. If you lose more than 10 pounds of weight, you really need to be seen by your physician. Cancers that steal your weight include stomach, pancreas, lung, or esophagus cancers.
If you are experiencing pain, fever, and fatigue, you need to be checked out because continuing with these flulike symptoms could endanger your life. If it isn’t flu season, your body might be under attack from cancer. If you are paying attention to your symptoms, you can catch cancer early. Early treatment extends the probability that you will survive.
If your skin changes, you might have cancer. Be aware of your skin’s color. If you appear to have jaundice, your liver might be affected. If you are itchy, your body might be hiding cancer inside. Some cancers produce substances that cause you to itch. If your skin turns red or yellow, be sure to see a doctor immediately!
Blood in the urine is another sign that should not ignored. If you spot blood in your urine, you may have an infection or cancer. It may be a sign of either prostate cancer or bladder cancer. Changes such as urinary leaks or the inability to urinate are important warning signs to notice.
Bleeding moles are another sign of cancer. If the mole bleeds, changes shape or size, rush to the doctor. These types of sores can be revealing the cancer beneath them. Skin is the largest organ of the body and it too can be attacked by cancer cells.
Stick out your tongue to check for this symptom. If your tongue appears to have white patches, you might be able to catch mouth cancer early. People who smoke or chew tobacco most often have the leukoplakia. If the leukoplakia is caught early, cancer can be stopped before it starts. If you see a white patch on your cheeks or tongue, go directly to the doctor.
Bleeding is never a good symptom to have. If you bleed from the nipple, you might have breast cancer. If you are bleeding abnormally from the vaginal area, you might have cervical cancer or endometrial cancer. Coughing up blood indicates a lung problem. Blood in the stool could be a cancer indicator as well.
Difficulty swallowing is a symptom that you should recognize as a potential for cancer. Tumors could be blocking the throat or esophagus. If you feel that food is sticking to the throat, go be checked out. This isn’t normal and your body could be telling you about a cancer of the esophagus or stomach.
Classic symptoms of cancer are easily overlooked because by themselves, they can be harmless and annoying. However, sometimes these harmless symptoms reveal underlying conditions that can be deadly if left untreated. It is best to err on the side of caution and be checked out rather than letting it go and finding out you have a serious problem later. Be proactive, your doctor won’t mind if you’re wrong!
I hope this note was useful and helps save lives. Remember to have yearly health checkups and to see your doctor earlier if you have possible signs of cancer. Please take 2 seconds to share and forward this cancer information to your family and friends. Let’s keep everyone battling cancer and other diseases in our prayers. If you need prayer, please Message us and join our Page.
Sincerely, Aaron Tabor, MD