Everyone, no matter how healthy they are, experiences aches, pains and other small health problems. Often times we have so much going on around us, we simply do not take these seemingly minor things seriously. However, new research has also found that common, minor ailments can actually be the first warning signs of cancer.
Many people do not pay much attention to warning signs as they should, and feel that these symptoms are just not that serious. I must admit that for the vast majority, these warning signs will not indicate cancer, but for a few they will, so spotting things sooner and going to the doctor could save your life. If you have at least one of these symptoms and it hasn’t gone away, go to your doctor for advice
Unexplained Weight Loss
The American Cancer Society reports that unexplained weight loss of 10 pounds or more could be a first sign of cancer. This warning sign is common in those with pancreatic, stomach, lung, or esophageal cancers.
Lump or Bumps
This is an obvious sign, but one many ignore. If you find any strange lumps get them checked by a doctor.
This one is tougher. Coughs and colds are everywhere at the moment and I’m not suggesting everyone with a cough goes to their doctor. When it is cold and flu season, or allergy season (which can be all year for some) coughing, wheezing or a hoarse voice can seem par for the coarse, and it is. However, if the cough persists, though, it could be an indicator of laryngeal, lung or thyroid cancer. It could also be a sign of lymphoma. FYI this was the most common symptom among survey participants.
Long Lasting Sore Throat
Again many people this time of year suffer with a sore throat. But as mentioned before, a persistent one could point to something much more severe, such as laryngeal cancer or throat cancer.
Throat constriction is an uncommon symptom, and could be a nervous or immune system issue. But it is also a symptom of cancer in the esophagus, stomach or throat.
Personally I feel this should NEVER be ignored. Unusual bleeding can occur during any phase of cancer, and warrants a visit to your doctor. Coughing up blood can signal lung cancer, while blood in the stool could be a sign of colon or rectal cancer. Women who experience unexplained vaginal bleeding should be checked for cervical or endometrial cancer. A bloody discharge from the nipple can signal breast cancer, while blood in the urine can mean you have bladder or kidney cancers.
Most of us know that persistent pain is the body’s way of signaling to us that there’s a problem. The American Cancer Society says that pain from cancer typically means it has spread…a good reason not to be a stoic and to make an appointment with your physician.
Change in Bowel Habits & Bladder Activity
Often times people experienced changes in the timing, amount, or size of their bowels. While these disruptions are usually caused by certain foods or medication, if you notice it happens regularly over time it could also be a sign of colon cancer.
Because urinary tract infections are common in women, this symptom is often disregarded as just another UTI. But whether you’re male or female, if you notice blood in your urine, experience sudden urgency or feel pain while going, definitely bring it up with your doctor to rule out cancers of the bladder, kidney or prostate.
Changes in Skin Moles
A change in a mole, freckle or wart’s appearance could be indicative of skin cancer, so GET IT CHECKED as many of these are treatable.