Cancer is among the leading causes of disease related deaths in the world. Many of us know people who currently have or have previously had some form of cancer. However, when it comes to ourselves, we can be quick to brush off what could be signs of cancer’s onset, thinking that we are too young or healthy to possibly be infected. Surely, more often than not,
we are ill with minor bugs like the common cold; but is it really worth the risk of not making sure it isn’t something more serious? Cancer can come in over two hundred forms, ranging from lung, breast, prostate, Melanoma, Leukemia, and more. Oftentimes, the cancer is beyond sufficient treatment measures because it was discovered too late into its cycle.
To help become aware and take necessary action, below is a list of sixteen common signs and symptoms that simply should not be ignored. If you find that you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, seek the help and advice of a professional doctor
1. Unexplained Weight Loss
With as high a percentage of 40% of people listing weight loss as a symptom around the time of receiving their cancer diagnosis, this is one of the most telltale signs.
Unless you have suddenly changed to a high-intensity training and weight loss regimen, you may have some form of cancer.
Weight loss can be seen in solid tumor cancers such as Breast or Lung Cancer, but also in those that affect the digestive system.
This symptom is often caused by the disruption of the removal of toxins in the body, as well as appetite regulation. A staggering 80% of advanced cancer situations experience Cachexia (general wasting) and unexplained weight loss.
2. Weakness and Fatigue
If you find yourself experience feelings of weakness and fatigue, but it can seemingly not be explained and lingers for a long duration, it could point toward cancer. If you are unable to rid of the exhaustion through regulated rest and sleep, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
3. Frequent Fevers or Infections
Fevers are indicators that our bodies are fending off an illness or infection. We have likely all experienced a fever in our lifetimes, as they come and go with sickness. However,
if you experience a prolonged fever or infection, your body may be fending off a more serious ailment, and that could potentially be cancer.
Leukemia is a cancer that affects the blood, and often brings these symptoms with it. Normally, you should seek medical help if you experience a fever, but you should especially do so if it is prolonged.
4. Shortness of Breath or Wheezing
Experiencing issues with breathing could point to a myriad of things, but one of those things might be Lung Cancer.
This causes breathing issues through tumors restricting airways in the lungs and body.
If you have Asthma, do not be quick to correlate the issue with that, as the breathing issue may not be exclusively related to Asthma.
5. Chronic Cough or Chest Pain
More symptoms of lung related cancers, such as Esophageal or Laryngeal Cancer, could come in the form of frequent or persistent coughing spells and chest pain. Seek medical attention if you experience these symptoms, even if it is not cancer. However, if it is cancer, it is pertinent to act on these signs as early as possible.
Frequent and prolonged bloating is a typical sign of cancers that start in or near one’s abdomen. If you exhibit pain in the stomach or pelvic regions, or find yourself consistently feeling full, take action immediately by visiting your doctor.
7. Chronic Heartburn
While often brushed off as acid reflux, if you have chronic heartburn, you should seek immediate medical attention, as you might be experiencing a heart attack, or even symptoms of cancer.
Inflammation in the Esophagus could both lead to or be a sign that you already have Esophageal Cancer.
8. Irritable Bowels
Experiencing changes in bowel movements for periods of four weeks or more is a telltale sign of potential Bowel Cancer,
particularly when it comes to the elderly. Should you experience these unexplained changes, seek medical attention promptly.
9. Difficulty Swallowing
In cases of restricted or burning sensations while swallowing, these symptoms could be signs of throat and lung related cancers.
These symptoms might gradually become worse, so for the sake of safety, it is important to act early.
The yellowing of eyes and skin is a sign of multiple serious diseases that affect the working order of the pancreas and liver.
Should this symptom present itself, it could be a sign that you have cancer, and you should consult your doctor in any case.
11. Unusual Swelling or Lumps
Should you find lumps on your body or experience swelling that does not go away within three weeks at most, you may have cancer.
These symptoms could point to multiple types of cancer, and should not be ignored.
12. New or Changing Moles or Skin Spots
Noticing changes in color or shape of moles on your body, as well as finding new sores or spots that are not healing can be signs of various skin cancers. Seek help from a dermatologist if you notice these symptoms.
13. Nail Changes
Changes in your finger or toenails such as color, spots underneath the nails, or enlarged ends could be pointing to skin, lung, or liver cancers.
The loss of oxygen and disrupted toxin removal associated with these cancers is the cause of nail changes. If you perceive these changes, pay a visit to your doctor.
14. Abdominal or Pelvic Pain
Beyond bloating symptoms, if you experience pain or heaviness in your pelvic region, you could have a related type of cancer, such as uterine, rectal, colon, or even ovarian, if you are a woman. Women with a family history of cancer are at a higher risk, and should not ignore these signs.
15. Pain Lasting More Than Four Weeks
If you are experiencing unusual, unexplained pain that does not disappear for more than four weeks, seek medical attention. You may have a form of cancer, including testicular or bone.
16. Abnormal Bleeding
Witnessing blood in your urine and stools, or in the residue of a cough could all be signs of illnesses that deserve professional medical help.
Most importantly though, they could be signs of various types of cancer. If you experience abnormal bleeding, do not ignore it. Seek medical attention as soon as possible