The routine cancer tests alone will not keep you safe from cancer. You must learn how to listen your body and recognize any odd or unexplainable changes. Read on and find out which symptoms are mostly ignored.
- Chronic Cough or Chest Pain
Some cancers like leukemia and lung tumors can manifest through severe cough or bronchitis. Some lung cancer patients experience chest pain that spreads through the shoulder to the arm.
- Wheezing or Shortness of Breath
This is one of the first symptoms of lung cancer that patients experience. They all remember the inability to breathe normal.
- Difficulty Swallowing
Problematic swallowing is usually related with throat cancer and in some cases with lung cancer.
- Frequent Fevers or Infections
These symptoms are characteristic for leukemia, a cancer of the blood cells that occurs in the bone marrow. Leukemia stimulates the marrow to create abnormal blood cells, sapping your organism’s infection-fighting abilities.
- Excessive Bruising or Bleeding That Doesn’t Stop
This symptom usually manifests as a result of abnormal happening with the platelets and the red blood cells, which is a sign of leukemia. In time, leukemia cells crowd out red blood cells and platelets, reducing your blood’s capability to transport oxygen and clot.
- Swollen Lymph Nodes or Lumps on the Neck, Underarm and Groin
Enlarged lymph nodes are a sign of changes in the lymphatic system, which can be result of cancer.
- Bloating or Abdominal Weight Gain
Women who suffer from ovarian cancer usually experience unexplainable abdominal bloating that occurs unexpectedly and continues for longer period of time.
- Weakness and Fatigue
Fatigue and weakness are a symptoms of various cancers. If you feel tired and it isn’t result of poor dream, you should visit your doctor as soon as possible.
- Pelvic or Abdominal Pain
Pain and cramping in the pelvis and abdomen can occur along with the bloating, that is common symptom for ovarian cancer. Leukemia causes abdominal pain which is caused by enlarged spleen.
- Feeling Full and Unable to Eat
This is another symptom of ovarian cancer. Women experience lack of appetite and inability to eat, even when they haven’t eaten for a whole day.
- Unexplained Weight Loss
Weight loss is an early symptom of colon and other digestive cancers. It is also a symptom of cancer that has affected the liver, reducing your appetite and the organism’s ability to eliminate waste.
- Rectal Bleeding or Blood in Stool
This is a symptom of colorectal cancer. If you notice blood in your stool you must visit your doctor as soon as possible and do a colonoscopy.
- A Red, Sore or Swollen Breast
These symptoms are manifested in case of inflammatory breast cancer. Visit your doctor if you notice some strange changes.
- Upset Stomach or Stomachache
Stomach cramps and frequent upset stomach is a sign of colorectal cancer.
- Unusually Heavy or Painful Periods or Bleeding Between Periods
Women who are diagnosed with endometrial or uterine cancer claim that these are the early symptoms. If you experience these symptoms you should do transvaginal ultrasound.
- Nipple Changes
Flattened nipple is one of the usual changes that women notice before being diagnosed with breast cancer. The nipple can be also inverted or turned sideways.
- A Sore or Skin Lump That Doesn’t Heal, Becomes Crusty or Bleeds Easily
These can be a symptoms of various skin cancers like melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
- Swelling of Facial Features
Some lung cancer patients say that they have experienced puffiness, swelling or redness on their face. Small cell lung tumors usually obstruct blood vessels in the chest, preventing blood from circulating freely from your head and face.
- Pain in the Back or Lower Right Side
According to most of the liver cancer patients, this was the first symptom they have experienced. Back pain can be caused by breast cancer as well. The pain appears when the tumor applies pressure on the back part of the chest or when the cancer expands onto the spine or ribs.
- Changes in the Nails
Sudden changes in the fingernails can be a symptom of several kinds of cancer. A brown or black streak or dot beneath the nail can be a sign of skin cancer, while “lately” discovered “clubbing” – enlargement of the ends of the fingers with nails that curve down can indicate a lung cancer. Liver cancer is manifested with pale or white nails.