It is crucial to spot the warning signs and symptoms that could indicate undiagnosed cancer.There are more than 200 types of cancer. The most common types include lung, prostate, breast, ovarian, bladder, colorectal, kidney (renal), pancreatic, and endometrial cancers as well as melanoma and leukemia.
Anyone can develop cancer and it’s becoming a common disease. Still, early detection can make the changes of treatment more successful.
Do not ignore the following 16 signs. They do not necessarily indicate cancer, but it is important to analyze them and see your doctor as soon as possible.
- UNEXPLAINED WEIGHT LOSS
An unexplained weight loss of 10 pounds or more may be the first sign of cancer. This happens most often with cancers of the pancreas, stomach, esophagus (swallowing tube), or lung. Weight loss often occurs when a cancer spreads to the liver and impairs its functioning. So, in case you rapidly lose weight without changing your diet or how much you exercise, discuss this with your doctor.
- FREQUENT FEVERS OR INFECTIONS
If you are experiencing a persistent or prolonged fever, it can be a sign of a cancerous condition, such as lymphoma. Leukemia, a cancer of the blood cells, can also cause symptoms like frequent infections, fevers, fatigue, aches, and other flu-like symptoms.
- WEAKNESS AND FATIGUE
If no matter how much you sleep or rest, the fatigue does not disappear, you should pay your doctor a visit. Excessive fatigue is your body’s way of telling you that something just isn’t right. As cancer cells grow and reproduce, your body may start to feel run down. It can be a sign of a variety of cancers, so you and your doctor will need to consider other symptoms as well.
- WHEEZING OR SHORTNESS OF BREATH
Many conditions can have wheezing and shortness of breath as symptoms. However, these symptoms may also be associated with lung cancer. Wheezing might be caused by a lung tumor pressing against and narrowing an airway
- CHRONIC COUGH AND CHEST PAIN
Smokers or people with cold or allergies experience coughing and chest pain. However, these symptoms, when persisted, may also indicate cancers like leukemia and lung tumors. Coughing accompanied with bloody mucus is also associated with lung cancer in men. If you don’t have any other related symptoms, such as a stuffy nose or fever, get yourself checked by a doctor.
Unexplained abdominal bloating over a long period of time may be a sign of ovarian cancer. It can be accompanied by pelvic pain, swelling in the abdomen and feeling full. Moreover, pain or bloating in the stomach after eating can be a sign of stomach cancer.
- CHRONIC HEARTBURN
Heartburn is usually a symptom of acid reflux disease, but if it is persistent, it may be associated with Barrett’s esophagus or esophageal cancer. Furthermore, in 2013, the American Journal of Cell Physiology has published the research conducted by scientists at Rhode Island Hospital, which explains the link between Barrett’s esophagus and the esophageal cancer development.
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