Signs of Cancer

Cancer is the second leading cause of death after heart disease. A high percentage of those diagnosed early can be cured. The earlier it is found the less invasive treatment to eliminate it may be.

Some cancers have no symptoms, but others often do. Never ignore signs that could help diagnose the problem early. Not all symptoms point to a malignancy. Some will be harmless and easily explained, but if certain symptoms are persistent, you should contact your physician for further testing.

 

Lumps, bumps, patches, and sores

Certain cancers can be felt as a lump or bump under the skin, such as in the breast, lymph nodes, or testicles. Any bump should be checked out by a doctor, especially if there is a change in shape or it becomes painful.

White spots in the mouth or on the tongue could be precancerous spots called leukoplakia. Leukoplakia can be caused by irritations like smoking or oral tobacco use. Left untreated, leukoplakia can become cancerous

Sores, lesions, or existing moles or freckles that change in shape or size, bleed, or won’t heal could be melanoma. When found early, melanoma can be successfully treated. Avoiding exposure to the sun and wearing a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 will help prevent the chances of melanoma forming.

 

Changes in bowel or bladder

When constipation or diarrhea become a long-term problem can be a sign of colon cancer. Blood in urine, pain when urinating, or needing to pass urine more or less frequently can be signs of bladder or prostate issues. Any unusual changes in bowel or bladder function should be discussed with a doctor.

 

Bleeding or bloating

Bleeding between periods is not part of a regular monthly cycle and can have many causes, but consult a gynecologist to make sure the bleeding is not a symptom of endometrial cancer. Constant bloating can be a sign of ovarian, uterine, gastrointestinal, or pancreatic problems and should also be checked by a qualified specialist.

 

Coughing and chest pain

Coughing that won’t stop or becomes chronic could be a symptom of lung cancer. Other signs can be dull or sharp pain in the ribs or chest, hoarseness, or recurring respiratory illnesses.

 

Fatigue, weight loss, and fever

Fatigue is the condition of being extremely tired to the point it interferes with daily activities and is not help by resting or adequate sleep. Fatigue can be a common symptom of several types of illnesses. Weight loss without dieting along with a loss of appetite is another symptom linked to many cancers. Fever is a sign of something happening within the immune system and can also signify cancer. Any symptoms whether alone or in combination with others should never be discounted as nothing.

A person will often experience several symptoms, while other patients have no forewarning at all. Being aware of changes in what is normal for your body and health along with regular health screenings and check-ups will help ensure any cancer is diagnosed and treated early.