Routine tests alone can’t protect you from cancer. It is also very important to listen to your body and recognize the signs on time.
Here are some symptoms you must pay attention to:
- Wheezing and shortness of breath
Lung cancer patients have reported these symptoms as the earliest signs of the disease.
- Chronic cough and chest pain
Some cancers such as leukemia and lung tumors can cause a persistent cough as well as chest pain. Never overlook these symptoms and visit your doctor immediately to rule out cancer.
- Frequent fever or infections
These symptoms are often a sign of leukemia which starts in the bone marrow. Leukemia causes the marrow to produce abnormal white blood cells and completely impairs your body’s ability to fight infections.
- Difficulty swallowing
If you’re having trouble swallowing, it may be related to throat or esophageal cancer, but it may be a sign of lung cancer as well.
- Swollen lymph nodes and lumps in the neck
Enlarged lymph nodes are sometimes an indication of changes or tumors in the lymphatic system, a symptom which needs to be checked by a doctor.
- Excessive bruising and bleeding that doesn’t stop
This symptom indicates abnormal changes in the platelets and red blood cells which may be a sign of leukemia. Leukemia can crowd out red blood cells over time and impair your blood’s ability to carry oxygen and clot.
- Weakness and fatigue
General fatigue should never be overlooked – it can be a sign of various diseases including cancer. If you’re feeling tired all the time, make sure to check the symptom at a doctor.
- Bloating and abdominal weight gain
If you are constantly bloated or have gained some weight in your abdominal area, it may be a sign of ovarian cancer.
- Feeling full and unable to eat
This is another symptom of ovarian cancer which women shouldn’t overlook.
- Pelvic and abdominal pain
Pain and cramps in the abdomen can often accompany bloating as symptoms of ovarian cancer. The pain can also be caused by leukemia.
- Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool
This is a common symptom of colorectal cancer – if you notice blood in your stool, you should visit a doctor immediately.
- Sudden weight loss
If you suddenly lost weight for no reason, it may be a symptom of colon or some other digestive cancer. It can also indicate that the cancer has spread to the liver and has affected your appetite.
- Upset stomach
If your stomach hurts for a longer period, it can be an indication of colorectal cancer.
- Red, sore and swollen breast
These are some of the usual symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer. Visit your doctor right after noticing changes in your breast.
- Nipple changes
Turned, twisted and flattened nipples are often one of the earliest sign of breast cancer.
- Heavy and irregular periods
This is a sign of endometrial and uterine cancer. If you suspect anything, get a transvaginal ultrasound.
- Swelling in the face
Patients with lung cancer have reported puffiness, swelling and redness in the face as symptoms, which occur due to small lung tumors blocking blood vessels in the head.
- A sore lump that doesn’t heal
There are different types of skin cancer – melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Check your skin for any odd lumps and growths which can be a sign of either of these types of cancer.
- Changes in the nails
Changes in the nails are never a small problem – they can indicate serious diseases and conditions such as liver or lung cancer. If you notice “clubbing” on your nails, it’s a sign of lung cancer, while pale and white nails are a sign of liver cancer.
- Pain in the back and lower left side
Many lung cancer patients have reported this as the earliest sign of their cancer. Breast cancer is often diagnosed via back pain, which occurs when a breast tumor presses into the chest.
Regardless of your age or gender, you should always check your body for unusual lumps and growths and check any odd symptom at a doctor. As you can see, most of these symptoms are often overlooked, but they can be the difference between life and death. Of course, leading a healthy lifestyle is the best choice to stay healthy and disease-free.