Cancer is a very insidious disease. Even the forms of detection that are considered to be the best like for example tests and routine check-ups are not that reliable. Any strange symptom that you find suspicious and unexplained can help you detect cancer on time. Here, we’re presenting you 18 of the 18 early cancer signs that you should never ignore:
Wheezing and shortness of breath
These signs are considered to be the earliest signs for the appearance of lung cancer in your body.
Chest pain and chronic cough
According to some patients, pain down the arm as well as chest pain and cough are also pretty common. Some types of cancers like leukemia and lung tumors can even mimic symptoms of a chronic cough.
Recurrent fever and infections
Infections as well as frequent fever can signify leukemia which we all know is one type of a blood tumor that develops in the bone marrow. It makes the marrow produce abnormal white blood cells which later attack your whole immune system.
Having difficulties swallowing may signify the presence of throat, lung or esophageal cancer.
Swollen lymph nodes on the underarms, groin and neck
These are often negative changes in the lymph system and they are mostly caused by cancer.
Bruising and bleeding that doesn’t stop
This sign means that there’s a disturbance in the platelets and red blood cells. It can be caused by leukemia. The amount of white blood cells becomes abnormal. It can eliminate the red blood cells and your body becomes unable to clot, so you’ll start to lose blood.
Unfortunately, fatigue is considered to be one of the most overlooked signs of cancer. Still, it doesn’t always mean cancer, so you shouldn’t worry. It should come along with other symptoms. If you’ve noticed that you’re tired without a reason and you feel like that all the time, call your doctor.
Pelvic and abdominal pain
These signs along with cramps and bloating usually signify ovarian cancer.
Bloating and sudden abdominal weight gain
Make sure you visit a doctor if these symptoms continue for a long period of time as they usually indicate ovarian cancer.
Rectal bleeding and blood in the stool
Blood in the stool can be an early sign of colorectal cancer, so if you notice it, make sure you visit a doctor.
Sudden weight loss
Weight loss that happens suddenly can signify a liver cancer or some type of cancer that has spread to your liver and affects your appetite.
Stomachache or upset stomach
Pay attention if you feel like your stomach is upset frequently, because it may signify colorectal cancer.
Swollen and inflamed nipples
Any kind of change in your nipples like swelling or inflammation should alarm you to visit your doctor because it may signify breast cancer.
Nipples that are flattened, twisted or inverted are the earliest signs of breast cancer.
Heavy and frequent periods
Doctors usually relate these signs to uterine and endometrial cancer. Make sure you get a vaginal ultrasound so that you can rule out cancer.
Changes on the nails
Changes in the nails like dots, streaks in and under the nails, pale or white nails and clubbing can signify liver or lung cancer.
Swelling in the face
This sign accompanied with redness and puffiness can signify that there is a presence of small tumors in your lungs that are blocking the blood flow which leads to your face.
Sore lumps that don’t heal
The 3 types of skin cancer that may cause these sore lumps to appear on your skin are melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. These lumps skin bleed easily and don’t heal.
Pain in the back and lower right side
This may be a sign of liver cancer, but also indicate breast cancer because some breast tumors press backwards into the chest.
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