Warning Signs Of Cancer
There are more than 200 types of cancer. Out of them the most common types include lung, Prostate, Breast, ovarian, Bladder, Colorectal, Kidney(renal), Pancreatic, and Endometrial cancers as well as Melanoma and Leukemia.
The survival rate for most of these cancers, especially for lung cancer, is often found to be quite poor because more often than not, they are not diagnosed until they are already in an advanced stage, making them become difficult to treat.
Though the signs and symptoms described below may not necessarily indicate cancer, do not ignore them. If you experience any of these symptoms, analyze your symptoms and consult with a doctor as soon as possible. Here are given some warning signs of cancer which you should have to be aware of and address appropriately if you experience them.
Unexplained weight loss
Unexplained weight loss is often one of the most first noticeable signs of cancer. Weight loss often occurs when a cancer spreads to the liver and impairs its function, especially those related to regulating appetite and removing toxins. Weight loss may also be an early sign of colon or other digestive cancers. It is particularly common in people suffering from solid tumor cancers like Breast and Lung cancer.
Frequent fevers or infections
Though a fever may simply indicate that your body is suffering from an infection, a persistent or prolonged fever could be a sign of a cancer disease, such as Lymphoma. Leukemia, a cancer of the blood cells, can also cause symptoms like frequent infections, Fevers, Fatigue, Aches, and other Flu like symptoms.
Weakness and fatigue
Weakness and fatigue that does not diminish, in spite of getting more sleep and rest, must be evaluated by a doctor. These could be a sign of a variety of cancers, so you and your doctor should have consider other symptoms as well.
Wheezing or shortness of breath
Though wheezing and shortness of breath may be caused due to various other reasons also, yet these symptoms can be associated with lung cancer too. When a tumor in a lung presses against and narrows an airway, it may lead to wheezing – a whistling sound which occurs during exhalation due to constricted airways.
Chronic cough and chest pain
These problems may persist or come-and-go in repeating cycles. Also, get yourself consulted with a doctor if you have been suffering from cough and hoarse voice for more than six weeks, especially if you smoke or used to smoke. Occasionally, a hoarse voice could be a symptom of Laryngeal, Thyroid, Esophageal, or Lung cancer. There may also be pain in the chest extending into the shoulder or down the arm.
Bloating accompanied by pelvic pain, swelling in the abdomen, and feeling full could be another notion to this condition. Similarly, pain or bloating in the stomach after eating could be a sign of stomach cancer. Unexplained abdominal bloating continuing on-and-off over a long period could be sign of Ovarian cancer.
If you notice a change in your bowel habits that lasts for more than three week or more without any obvious reason, it too may be a sign of bowel cancer, especially in older adults.
Swallowing, or the feeling that food is stuck in the throat or in the chest, that gets worse with the passage of time can be a symptom of Esophageal or Throat cancer. Symptoms of these cancers include pain or a burning sensation when swallowing food.
Unusual swelling or lumps in the body
Sometimes, an enlarged Lymph node or Lump under the arm could be a sign of breast cancer. Red, sore, swollen breasts may indicate inflammatory breast cancer. Especially when they last for three weeks or more.
Changes in nails
Unusual changes in fingernails can indicate several kinds of cancers, such as skin, liver or lung cancer. Black or brown spots under your nails may indicate skin cancer. Clubbing of the fingers or toes (enlarged ends of the nails) can be associated with Lung cancer. Pale or white nails may indicate poor functioning of liver, which could be due to various diseases including liver cancer.
Pain is often an early symptom of bone or Testicular cancer. If you are suffering from persistent unexplained pain or if it comes-and-goes for a period of four weeks or more, then it is better to consult doctor.
Blood in your urine, though sometimes a symptom of a urinary tract infection, might be caused due to bladder or kidney cancer. Similarly, blood containing stools is though a common sight among those who have Hemorrhoids could be a symptom of bowel cancer too