When it comes to cancer, early detection is the key to recovery. By detecting it during its early stages, the chances of complete recovery are increased and the risks of recurrence are less. To put the odds on your side, it is important to listen to your body and to identify any signs that may indicate a disorder or malfunction. In this article, we will present the 19 signs of the most common cancers.
19 common symptoms of fatal cancers that most people ignore:
- Shortness of breath or wheezing
According to patients with lung cancer, one of the first signs they remember is their inability to take a breath.
- Chest pain and chronic cough
Leukemia and lung cancer cause symptoms similar to those of influenza and bronchitis. Cough, fever, shortness of breath, etc. In addition, the chest pain which extends up to the shoulder or arm may also be a sign of lung cancer.
- Fever and frequent infections
These symptoms may indicate leukemia, cancer of immature blood cells found in the bone marrow. This disease causes an abnormal production of white blood cells which remain immature and therefore fail to fulfill their mission and fight against inflammation.
- Difficult swallowing
The swallowing problems are often linked to cancer of the esophagus, throat or lungs.
- Many bruises and bleeding that doesn’t stop
The occurrence of these symptoms means that there is an abnormality regarding platelets and red blood cells, and which may be a leukemia. Leukemic cells interfere with the production of red blood cells – responsible for transporting oxygen throughout the body – and platelets which clot the blood.
- Fatigue and general weakness
These two symptoms are common to many types of cancer, and it’s hard to determine which if they are combined with other signs. It is therefore strongly recommended to consult a doctor if you constantly feel tired and weak, even after a good night’s sleep.
The patients with ovarian cancer reported having suffered from sudden bloating, which appears and disappears for no apparent reason.
- Loss of appetite
Women who have had ovarian cancer said they had lost their appetite and had no desire to eat, even if their last meal was many hours before.
- Abdominal or pelvic pain
If the pain or cramps in the pelvis and abdomen occur simultaneously as bloating, they indicate in most cases, an ovarian cancer. However, abdominal pain may sometimes be due to an enlarged spine because of leukemia.
- Rectal bleeding and blood in the stool
These are common signs of colorectal cancer. If you notice frequent presence of blood in your stool, see your doctor immediately.
- Unexplained weight loss
Weight loss generally reveals a colon cancer, or other types of digestive system cancer. In addition, it may also indicate that cancer cells have reached the liver, reducing the appetite and the body’s ability to eliminate toxins.
- Gastrointestinal and abdominal pains
Constant digestive disorders with abdominal cramps can be early symptoms of colorectal cancer.
- Painful, red or swollen breasts
Redness, pain or swelling of the breast is usually a sign of development of inflammatory breast cancer.
- Changes in nipples
Women who have had breast cancer reported that their nipples had changed their appearance and have become flatter, turned inward or leaning to one side.
- Heavy and painful periods and bleeding between periods
If you notice that your periods are heavier or that the pain is more intense than usual, and if you suffer from frequent bleeding between periods, this can be a sign of uterine or endometrial cancer. Do not hesitate to ask your gynecologist to perform a trans-vaginal ultrasound.
- Swollen face
Many patients with lung cancer reported having suffered from blistering, swelling and redness on the face. Indeed, the small lung cancer cells block the blood vessels of the chest, thus obstructing the flow of blood from the head and face.
- A sore or lump on the skin that does not heal
Spots or strange growths that appear on your skin can be a sign of skin cancer called melanoma. It is therefore important to know the types (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma …) to better identify their symptoms.
- Changes in the nails
Nails are one of the body parts that speak volumes about our health. Thus, the appearance of a spot or a line of dark color under the nail, and does not disappear with time, can be a sign of melanoma. Nails that curl on the fingertips reveal lung cancer, and sharp or white nails may indicate liver cancer.
- Pain in the back or in the lower right side
Many people with cancer said that this pain is the first indicator of liver cancer. In other cases, the back pain is caused by breast cancer whose tumors begin to exert a pressure on the chest or when they reach the ribs and spine.