Don’t just rely on routine tests to protect yourself from cancer. It’s important to listen to your body and notice anything different, strange, or inexplicable.
Here are some symptoms that are often overlooked:
- Shortness of breath, shortness of breath
One of the first symptoms many lung cancer patients notice is shortness of breath.
- Chronic cough or chest pain Several types of cancer, including leukemia and lung cancer, can cause symptoms that mimic a severe cough or bronchitis. Some lung cancer patients report chest pain in the shoulder or down the arm.
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- Frequent fevers or infections These may be symptoms of leukemia, a cancer of the blood cells that starts in the bone marrow. Leukemia can cause the bone marrow to produce abnormal white blood cells, reducing your body’s ability to fight infection.
- Difficulty swallowing
Swallowing is often associated with cancer of the esophagus and larynx and is sometimes one of the first symptoms of lung cancer.
- Swollen lymph nodes or lumps in the neck, armpits, or groin
Enlarged lymph nodes indicate changes in the lymphatic system, which can be a sign of cancer.
- Excessive bruising or bleeding that does not stop
This symptom usually indicates something abnormal in the platelets or red blood cells, which can be a sign of leukemia. Over time, leukemia cells destroy red blood cells and platelets, reducing the blood’s ability to carry oxygen and clot.
- Weakness and fatigue
General fatigue and weakness are symptoms of many types of cancer, so you should consider it in combination with other symptoms. However, if you experience unexplained fatigue or trouble sleeping, talk to your doctor.
- Bloating or abdominal weight gain
The majority of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer report unexplained abdominal bloating that comes on suddenly and lasts for a long time.
- Will not be able to eat
This is another ovarian cancer tip; Women say they have no appetite and can’t eat even if they haven’t eaten in a while.
- Pelvic or abdominal pain
Pelvic and abdominal pain and cramping can also be accompanied by bloating, which can be 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 alone is cause for a call to your doctor and a colonoscopy.
- Unreasonable weight loss
Weight loss is an early symptom of colon and other digestive tract cancers; This is a sign of cancer that has spread to the liver and affects your appetite and your body’s ability to get rid of waste products.
- Pain in the stomach and intestines
Abdominal cramping or constant pain can indicate colon cancer.
- The breast is red, sore and swollen
These symptoms may indicate breast cancer. See your doctor about any unexplained breast changes.
- Changes in nipples
One of the most common changes women notice before they develop breast cancer is a flattening, inverted, or sideways nipple.
- Menstruation that is unusually heavy, painful, or bleeding between periods
Many women report this as a symptom of endometrial or uterine cancer. If you suspect something more than a normal heavy period, ask for a vaginal ultrasound.
- Swelling of facial forms
Some patients with lung cancer notice swelling, swelling, and redness on their face. Small cell lung tumors often block the arteries in the chest, preventing blood from flowing freely from the head and face.
- Non-healing, crusty lumps of the skin that bleed easily
Learn about different types of skin cancer, including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma, and check for any strange growths or spots all over your skin.
- Nail changes
Unexplained nail changes can be a sign of several types of cancer. A brown or black line or dot under the nail can indicate skin cancer, while newfound “clubbing,” or an enlarged fingernail with curled nails on the tip of the finger, can be a sign of lung cancer. Pale or white nails are sometimes a sign of liver cancer.