With our busy lifestyles taking a front seat, we don’t always pay attention to little aches and pains simply because they seem too minor to worry about. But the truth is that even the most common ailments may be early warning signs to the deadly disease – Cancer. The best way to treat cancer is through an early diagnosis, when it is small and hasn’t spread, making it easier to treat or remove surgically. Not only is an early diagnosis vital from a health point of view, but also financially, because the treatment required would be milder, and hopefully less costly.
While being mindful of our everyday habits that are potential causes of cancer is important, it is equally important to be aware and attentive to certain changes in your body that might be early symptoms of Cancer.
So if you have any of the following symptoms, it’s time to take them seriously.
Lumps and bumps
This one is especially for women. If you notice any lumps or bumps, it may be a symptom of Breast Cancer. Doing regular self-examination is the best way to stay safe. Enlarged lymph nodes in your body may also be a sign of Blood cancer.
Coughing and wheezing
Coughing, wheezing, or coughing blood may be signs of Lung cancer, or even cancer of the thyroid glands. If you notice it repeatedly, make a visit to your doctor at the earliest.
Change in bowel movements
Unless you’ve drastically changed your diet or started taking some new medication, a change in your everyday bowel movements (frequency, size, colour, pain, irritability) should be immediately checked out by your doctor.
Unexplained weight loss
According to the American Cancer Society, if you lose more than 10 pounds of weight unexpectedly, without a change in diet or physical activity, it could be a sign of Pancreatic cancer, Stomach cancer, or Lung cancer.
Appetite loss, nausea, or vomiting
If you start to feel too full after a small meal, or start feeling nauseated or you vomit, repeatedly over a period of time, it could be a sign of Liver cancer.
Bumps on the mouth of tongue
Bumps on the mouth or tongue that are white in color are reasons to check with a professional doctor for Mouth cancer. They may even appear on your gums or throat.
Changes on your skin can vary from rashes and allergies, to changes in moles and freckles. If you see such problems on a recurring basis, you should check with your doctor for Skin cancer.
Any bleeding without actually having hurt yourself may be a cause for worry. It can be blood in the urine, feces, genitals, nose, or throat. Additionally, when wounds and bruises take longer to heal, it may be a sign of a major problem. Do not ignore it and get yourself checked immediately.
Having any of these symptoms may not necessarily indicate cancer, but it is always better to be safe than sorry.
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