All people should be aware of the fact that routine medical examinations and tests are not sufficient when it comes to discovering certain diseases, including cancer. Therefore, you should never rely on such examinations and you should pay closer attention to any uncommon symptom that your body sends and is unexplainable, odd or different.
Commonly Overlooked Signs
1. Chest Pain or Chronic Cough, Shortness of Breath or Wheezing
Bad coughs and bronchitis may be indication of certain type of cancer including lung tumors and leukemia. Many patients who suffer from lung cancer explain that experience chest pain which is proved to extend down the arm and up into the shoulders. Inability to catch a breath is one of the first symptoms of lung cancer.
2. Swollen, Sore or Red Breasts
If you notice any changes in your breasts you should visit a doctor as that symptom may be indication of breast cancer.
3. Lumps on the Underarm, Neck or Groin or Swollen Lymph Nodes
Any modifications in the lymphatic system may be sign of cancer.
4. Abdominal or Pelvic Pain, Blood in Stool and Rectal Bleeding, Abdominal Weight Gain or Bloating
Pain and cramps in the abdomen, or the pelvis often are associated with ovarian cancer. Moreover, such pain may also be indication of leukemia. In the same time, these symptoms are common signs of colorectal cancer. In case you notice blood in your stool, visit the doctor immediately! Many women who suffer from ovarian cancer say that they had abdominal bloating for a long period of time as their first symptom that something is wrong.
5. Skin changes
If mole or two are changing their shape/color/size, you should visit doctor immediately.
Heartburn most often is caused by stress, alcohol and too much food. It is highly recommended to change your diet for a few weeks and see if it goes away. It it doesn’t, you may have stomach, esophageal or ovarian cancer.
7. Weakness or fatigue
Leading hectic live may be the cause for feeling exhausted, but tiredness that doesn’t go away even after proper rest is not normal condition, particularly if is combined with any of the other symptoms on this list.
8. Mouth changes
Smokers should pay attention to the white spots in mouth or on lips as both are a sign of oral cancer.
9. Heavy bleeding or bleeding between periods.
Many women have reported this as the first indicator of uterine or endometrial cancer. Visit a doctor for a transvaginal ultrasound.
10. Pain, particularly in the back
Many people experience aches and pains, and that is the reason why this symptom is so often overlooked. Ongoing pain can signal brain, bone, liver, breast, and many other cancers.
11. Changes in the nails
Unexplained changes in toenails or fingernails may be indication of many different types of cancer. Check if there are any color changes such as white or pale beds or a brown/black streak or dot under the nail. Clubbing, enlargement of the ends of the fingers with nails that curve over the tips, may be indication of lung cancer.
12. Abdominal pain accompanied by depression
This sign is very rare but very often is overlooked. Unexplained belly pain with depression can indicate pancreatic cancer. Ask if in your family there is history of the disease or you are a heavy drinker, then you should get in to a doctor straight away. Still, if the pain doesn’t go away even after few weeks, it is advisable to visit doctor anyway.
13. Frequent infections or fever
High temperature that can’t be explained and simply doesn’t go away may be indication of leukemia or another blood cancer. You should share your concerns with your doctor immediately.
Cervical cancer commonly is accompanied with smelly or foul vaginal discharge. This discharge may occur between periods or after menopause and sometimes will have blood in it. It is not advisable to self-treat discharge changes with over-the-counter medications, instead visit medical expert. It may be an infection and most infections cannot be treated with over-the-counter products.
15. Weight loss without trying
In case you lose more than 10 pounds without any changes in your diet or exercise habits it may be indication of big problem. Moreover, some patients experience unintended weight loss but the reason for that is not cancer, but the thyroid. Still, it is important to mention that it is possible that the cause of that symptom is stomach, lung or pancreatic cancer.