Early warning signs that cancer is growing in your body!

By listening carefully to your body, you can get some helpful tips on how to spot conditions like cancer that you might otherwise overlook.

Early detection is very important when it comes to cancer development, so if you notice any of these early warning signs of cancer, check with your doctor to see if further testing is needed!

Early signs of cancer to watch out for
Indirect symptoms

  1. Wheezing/shortness of breath
    Lung cancer patients remember noticing it as one of their first symptoms, but didn’t connect it to cancer at first.
  2. Excessive heat or infections
    This is often a sign of leukemia, a cancer of the blood cells that starts in the bone marrow. This causes the bone marrow to produce abnormal white blood cells that interfere with the body’s ability to fight infection.
  3. Difficulty swallowing
    It is often associated with throat cancer, but can also be a good indicator of lung cancer.
  4. Weakness and fatigue
    A common symptom of cancer is that it must be considered in conjunction with other symptoms to determine what it is.
  5. Feeling full and unable to eat
    This is a sign of ovarian cancer. Losing your appetite, even if you haven’t eaten in a while, is a tip.
  6. Loss of appetite
    This may be an early sign of pancreatic cancer. It can also be associated with a sudden aversion to coffee, wine or smoking.

Visible physical changes

  1. Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool
    A common symptom of colon cancer. Blood in the toilet should be a big enough sign to see a doctor right away.
  2. Seals in the neck, armpits or groin
    Swollen lymph nodes indicate changes in the lymphatic system that may lead to cancer.
  3. Bruising or heavy bleeding that won’t stop.
    This indicates abnormalities in the platelets and red blood cells, which may be a sign of leukemia. Leukemia cells crowd the red blood cells, disrupt the blood’s ability to carry oxygen, and cause blood clots to form.
  4. Gas or weight gain
    Patients with ovarian cancer have reported unexplained swelling that started suddenly and lasted for a long time.
  5. Unexplained weight loss
    An early sign of colon cancer and other gastrointestinal diseases. It is also a sign that the cancer has spread to the liver, affecting your appetite and your body’s ability to eliminate waste.
  6. Red, inflamed or swollen breasts.
    Indicates inflammatory breast cancer, unexplained changes should be reported to the doctor immediately. A nipple that appears flat, inverted, or turned sideways has also been observed in patients diagnosed with breast cancer.
  7. Swelling of facial features.
    Patients with lung cancer have reported that they have noticed puffiness, swelling or redness in the face. Small cell lung tumors usually block blood vessels in the chest, preventing blood from flowing freely to the head.
  8. Ulcer/swelling of the skin that bleeds, peels or does not heal
    Different types of skin cancer (melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma) can cause these symptoms, so be aware of any strange growths or spots.
  9. Changes in nails
    A brown/black spot under the nail may indicate skin cancer. Pale or white nails can be a sign of liver cancer. “Massage”, that is, an increase in the fingers, curved on the limbs, may be a sign of lung cancer.


  1. Abnormally heavy or painful periods with intermenstrual bleeding.
    A common sign of endometrial or uterine cancer. A transvaginal ultrasound should be considered if the problem persists.
  2. Chronic cough or chest pain
    Leukemia and lung tumors (among others) present symptoms that can mimic a severe cough or bronchitis. Some patients also complain of chest pain radiating to the shoulder and down the arm.
  3. Pelvic/abdominal pain
    Pelvic pain and cramping may be associated with swelling associated with ovarian cancer. Leukemia also does this because it causes the spleen to enlarge.
  4. Pain in the back or lower right
    This is often an early sign of liver cancer. Breast cancer can also be detected through this as the breast tumor can press on the breast or spread to the spine/ribs.
  5. Indigestion
    Abdominal cramps or frequent indigestion may be a sign of colon cancer.

How to reduce risk
Vitamin D is a known cancer preventative, so manage your levels with careful sunlight exposure and supplements. Keep insulin levels low by reducing or eliminating processed foods, as insulin levels can affect prostate cancer. It can also be monitored and followed through blood tests.

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