Doctors always recommend paying special attention to warning signs that might indicate undiagnosed cancer. Early detection of this disease increases the chances of successful treatment.
Although the warning signs and symptoms in this post might not necessarily mean cancer in all cases, you shouldn’t neglect them. Instead, analyze the signs and symptoms you do experience, and then visit your doctor.
There are over 200 cancer types, the most common being lung, breast, prostate, bladder, ovarian, kidney (renal), colorectal, endometrial and pancreatic cancer, as well as leukemia and melanoma. For most of these types of cancer, the survival rate is poor, especially for lung cancer. The reason is the late detection when the cancer is already in advanced stage, which impedes the treatment process.
Take a look at some of the most common signs and symptoms of cancer. In case you experience them, make sure you address them properly.
1. Unexplained Weight Loss
This is one of the initial noticeable cancer signs, especially for solid tumor cancers like lung and breast cancer. Once the cancer reaches the liver and disrupts its functioning associated with removing toxins and regulating appetite, it causes weight loss. But this can as well be a warning sign of digestive types of cancer, like colon cancer.
- 40% of all cancer patients report this warning sign at the time of diagnosis
- up to 80% of advanced cancer cases are experiencing cachexia (general ‘wasting’) and unexplained weight loss
Losing weight by watching your diet or exercising is normal. In all other cases, losing up to 10% of your weight, or up to 10 pounds a month in a 6-month span is likely a cause for concern.
2. Fatigue and Weakness
If your fatigue and weakness don’t disappear even when you rest or get more sleep, consult your doctor ASAP since it might be a warning symptom of many cancers.
3. Frequent Fevers or Infections
In most cases, fever is a sign that your body fights an infection. However, if it’s a prolonged or persistent one, it might indicate a cancerous condition, like lymphoma. Also, the cancer of the blood cells, leukemia, can cause signs such as fever, frequent infections, aches, fatigue, and other flu-related signs.
4. Shortness of Breath or Wheezing
Shortness of breath and wheezing can indicate various conditions, including lung cancer. Wheezing might be caused by a lung tumor pressing against and narrowing an airway.
5. Chronic cough and Chest Pain
Sometimes, lung cancer and leukemia symptoms mimic a bronchitis or a bad cough. The problem might appear occasionally, or be persistent. These symptoms can also be followed by chest pain extending down the arm, or into the shoulder. In such cases, make sure you make an appointment with a doctor as soon as you can. In addition, if you cough and your voice is hoarse more than 6 weeks, consult your doctor. There are cases when hoarse voice indicates thyroid, lung, esophageal, or laryngeal cancer.
Frequent bloating for no apparent reason and over a longer period of time, might indicate ovarian cancer, especially if it is accompanied by swelling in the abdomen, pelvic pain, and feeling of fullness. Similarly, bloating or pain in the stomach after eating might indicate a stomach cancer.
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