Early Signs of Cancer You Should Not Take For Granted

  • Signs and symptoms warn us that something is off—signals of an illness or disease.
  • There are signs and symptoms of cancer that every people should know and not be ignored.
  • Cancer can be successfully treated when detected in its early stages.

According to the American Cancer Society, a sign is a signal that can be seen by someone else–maybe a loved one, or a doctor—while a symptom is a signal that’s felt or noticed by the person who has it.

Early detection of cancer increases your chances of surviving the disease. Don’t ignore the following general signs and symptoms of cancer.

1. Unexplained weight loss

If you lose at least 10 pounds without intentionally losing weight, it could be the first sign of cancer. This is the most common indicator of cancers of the stomach, esophagus, lung and the pancreas.

2. Fever

This could be an early sign of blood cancers, including leukemia or lymphoma as cancer and/or treatment affects the body’s immune system.

3. Fatigue

If you’re always feeling extremely tired even if you are not exerting effort and even after a rest, it can be a symptom that cancer is growing in your body. Some stomach or colon cancers may cause blood loss that’s causing the fatigue. Leukemia also has the same symptom.

4. Pain

This is the first symptom that manifests in bone and testicular cancers. A brain cancer can cause a severe and chronic headache while cancer of the ovary, colon or rectum causes back pain.

5. Skin changes

The most common type of cancer is skin cancer. But there are different types of skin cancer so it’s best to seek professional help when you discover the following symptoms: itchy, reddish patches, bumps, open sores that don’t heal, a new spot or mole that changes in size, shape, or color.

Other Signs and symptoms of certain cancers listed by the American Cancer Society:

·       Change in bowel habits or bladder function
·       Sores that do not heal
·       White patches inside the mouth or white spots on the tongue
·       Unusual bleeding or discharge
·       Thickening or lump in the breast or other parts of the body
·       Obvious change in a wart or mole or any new skin change
·       Hoarseness
Source: American Cancer Society

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