Don’t rely on routine tests alone to protect yourself from cancer. It is equally important to listen to your body and notice something unusual, strange or inexplicable.
Here are some signs that are often overlooked:
Wheezing or shortness of breath
One of the first signs that many lung cancer patients remember is the inability to regulate their breathing.
Chronic cough or chest pain. Some lung cancer patients complain of chest pain radiating to the shoulder or down the arm.
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Frequent fever or infections. These may be signs of leukemia, a cancer of the blood cells that starts in the bone marrow. Leukemia causes the bone marrow to produce abnormal white blood cells, impairing the body's ability to fight infections. Difficulty swallowing
Difficulty swallowing is often associated with esophageal or throat cancer, and is sometimes also one of the first signs of lung cancer.
Swollen lymph nodes or lumps in the neck, armpits or groin.
Enlarged lymph nodes indicate changes in the lymphatic system, which may be a sign of cancer.
Excessive bruising or bleeding that won't stop.
This symptom usually indicates that something is wrong with the platelets and red blood cells, which can be a sign of leukemia. Over time, leukemia cells crowd out the red blood cells and platelets, impairing the blood’s ability to carry oxygen and pool.
weakness and fatigue
General fatigue and weakness are symptoms of so many different types of cancer that they must be considered along with other symptoms. But whenever you feel exhausted for no reason and it doesn’t respond to sleep, talk to your doctor.
swelling or weight gain
Women diagnosed with ovarian cancer in most cases report unexplained swelling that started quite suddenly and continued on and off for a long period of time.
Feeling full and unable to eat
This is another clue about ovarian cancer; Women say they have no appetite and cannot eat, even if they have not eaten for some time.
Pelvic or abdominal pain
Pelvic and abdominal pain and cramps may be accompanied by swelling, which is often a sign of ovarian cancer. Leukemia can also cause abdominal pain due to an enlarged spleen.
Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool.
This is a common finding in the diagnosis of colon cancer. Blood in the toilet itself is a reason to call the doctor and order a colonoscopy.
Unexplained weight loss
Weight loss is an early sign of colon cancer and other digestive cancers; It is also a sign of cancer that has spread to the liver and is affecting your appetite and your body’s ability to get rid of waste.
Indigestion or stomach ache
Abdominal cramps or frequent indigestion may indicate colon cancer.
Red, inflamed or swollen breasts.
These symptoms may indicate inflammatory breast cancer. Call your doctor about unexplained breast changes.
Changes in the nipples
One of the most common changes that women remember noticing before they were diagnosed with breast cancer is a nipple that appears flattened, inverted, or turned sideways.
Abnormally heavy or painful periods or bleeding between periods
Many women report this as a precursor to endometrial or uterine cancer. Ask for a transvaginal ultrasound if you suspect anything other than a normal heavy cycle.
Swelling of facial features
Some lung cancer patients report puffiness, swelling, or redness in the face. Small cell lung tumors usually block blood vessels in the chest and prevent blood from flowing freely to the head and face.
Inflammation or swelling of the skin that does not heal, turns brown or bleeds easily.
Learn about the different types of skin cancer—melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma—and be vigilant when checking your skin for growths or strange spots all over your body.
Changes in nails
Unexplained changes in the nails can be a sign of several types of cancer. A brown or black streak or spot under the nail may indicate skin cancer, and a newly discovered “lump”—an enlargement of the fingertips with the nails down at the ends—may be a sign of lung cancer. Pale or white nails can sometimes be a sign of liver cancer.