Doctors always suggest that you should never ignore warning signs that indicate serious health problems such as cancer. It is most important to be detected at early stages in order to increase your chances of effective treatment. This article will present to you signs and symptoms that might indicate cancer, but you should be aware that these signs are not always indication for cancer development. The purpose of this article is to help you analyze your symptoms and signs before you go to visit medical professional.
So far medicine is aware of more than 200 types of cancer, from which the most common are breast, prostate, kidney, colorectal, lung, bladder, and pancreatic and endometrial cancer. Also in this category is included leukemia and melanoma. All of these cancer types have low rate of survival, especially lung cancer. In most cases this is due to the fact of late detection which leaves less time to intervene because it might already been spread across the body.
Here is a list of most common signs and symptoms that might indicate development of cancer. If you by any chance experience any of these symptoms you should seek immediate professional help.
- Losing weight unexpectedly
If you lose weight unexpectedly and unexplained then you should know that it might be a sign of development of cancer. In most cases these are symptoms of lung and breast cancer. The process of development of cancer leads to interruption of the liver and its performance by removing all contaminants and it is regulating the appetite, which leads to weight loss. Also be aware that this might be a sign of digestive type of cancer such as colon cancer.
More than 40% of patients that have been diagnosed these types of cancer are actually reporting these signs and symptoms. Also more than 80% of these advanced cancer cases are actually experiencing cachexia which results with unexplained weight loss.
If you lose weight by healthy diet or exercising is completely normal, but in case you lose more than 10% of your overall health or more than 10 pounds in less than a month, be aware it might be a sign of cancer development.
- Fatigue and weakness
If you have constant fatigue and weakness that do not disappear even though you rest enough and sleep well, consider consulting your doctor immediately because these are symptoms of different types of cancer.
- Fevers or infections
Fevers occur when your body is fighting against infection, but if this is persistent or prolonged you should know it might be a sign of cancer such as lymphoma. Also these symptoms might be sign of leukemia (cancer of the blood cells). Other symptoms of leukemia are frequent aches, fatigue, infections and anything related to flu indications.
- Shortness of breath
If you have shortness of breath or wheezing you should know that it might indicate different conditions, but most likely it is a symptom of lung cancer. Lung tumor might trigger wheezing by pressing against an airway.
- Chronic cough and pain in the chests
Bronchitis or bad coughs are usually mimicked signs of lung cancer and leukemia. This problem might occur occasionally or simply be chronic. These symptoms actually are followed by pain in the chests which extends down the arm. If you experience such symptoms you need to visit a doctor for professional help, and do it as fast as you can. Also if you experience constant cough for more than six weeks or your voice is hoarse consider consulting professional. Hoarse voice in some cases is sign of thyroid, esophageal, lung or laryngeal cancer.
If you have frequent bloating without any reasonable explanation and for longer period of time, you should know that it might be a sign of ovarian cancer. Also these symptoms are usually accompanied by pelvic pain, abdomen and constant feeling of satiety. On the other hand if you experience constant bloating or pain in the stomach it might be a indication for stomach cancer.
- Heartburn (chronic)
In most cases heartburn is a sign of acid reflux, but if you experience chronic heartburn you should know that it might be a sign of development of esophageal cancer or Barrett’s esophagus. The Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology journal published a study which found that chronic heartburn causes inflammation of the tissues that are lined up in the esophagus which increases the risk of development of esophageal cancer.
Another study that was published by the American Journal of Cell Physiology found that there is a link between Barrett’s esophagus and the development of esophageal cancer.
- Issues with the bowel
If you experience changes in the bowel practices for more than four weeks you should know that it might be a symptom of development of bowel cancer. This symptom is usually appearing in older people, so it is recommended to consult your doctor.
- Problems with swallowing
If you are having problems with swallowing or feeling chunks of food that is stuck in your chest or throat, might be a sign of esophageal cancer. Also other symptoms that might indicate development of cancer is constant burning sensation or pain when you swallow food. Such cases usually do not reveal any warning signs or preliminary symptoms, so you should not overlook them if they appear. Swallowing problems also might be a sign of lung cancer.
If your whites of the eyes are turning yellow or the skin turns yellowish you should know that this condition is a sign of liver or gallbladder illness. Also it might be a sign of pancreatic cancer which is interconnected with the function of the liver and bile duct.
- Swelling or lumps
If you experience uncommon and unusual lump on your groin, breasts, underarm, abdominal area, neck or testicles for more than 3 weeks you should visit your doctor immediately. Lump or increased size of lymph node under your arm might be a serious sign of developed breast cancer. Also if you have red or aching breasts you should know it might be a sign of breast cancer as well.
- New ore changing moles or skin spots
Most of the changes on the skin are not hazardous and do not cause pain, but doctors still advice everyone to get screened in case you notice new spots, growths or sores on the skin. Also if you notice change of color, symmetry or border of your existing mole, consider visiting your doctor.
- Changes in your fingernails
If you have changes in your fingernails it might be for many reasons including warning signs for lung, liver or skin cancer. If you have brown or black areas under your fingernails you should be aware it might be due to developed skin cancer. Also if you notice enlarged ends of the nails you should be aware it might be a sign of lung cancer, or in case you notice white or pale nails it might be symptom for liver dysfunction including liver cancer.
- Abdominal or pelvic pain
Pain in your abdomen or pelvic might suggest that you have developed ovarian cancer. This type of cancer also might be developed due to genetic predisposition if someone from the family has developed it before. Also women never been pregnant might be an increasing factor for developing such disease.
If you have constant pain the pelvic it might be a sign of developed uterine cancer.
- Long lasting pain
You might experience pain and ache for different types of reasons, but in case you are experiencing pain for more than four weeks you should seek immediate help by your doctor because it might be a sign of bone or testicular cancer.
Bleeding usually is a sign of urinary tract infection, but if you notice blood in your urine you should know it might be kidney or bladder cancer. If you have blood in the stools it is definitely a sign of bowel cancer. Women with developed uterine or endometrial cancer will experience bleeding after menopause or between periods. Also another indicator for colorectal cancer is bleeding from your gastrointestinal tract.
On the other hand excessive and relentless bruising and bleeding is a sign for developed leukemia. If you vomit blood you should immediately go and do screening of your lungs because you most likely have lungs cancer. Most of the cases, such occurrence as bleeding might be a sign for anything else, still you should not undermine these symptoms and do medical screening.
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