Symptoms of Cancer- Catch the Disease Early

Cancer has become the second most common cause of death after heart disease. Increased cases of cancer have made people worry about this disease. Worries have also resulted in myths related to cancer, the most common of which is that cancer is incurable- this is not true. A considerable percentage of newly diagnosed cancers can be cured. However, cancer is more curable when it is detected early. Some of the cancers grow completely without symptoms but it can become worse if slightest of the symptoms too are avoided. The main reason for symptoms of cancer going unnoticed is that they are so general and are also associated with the common ‘not so risky’ health condition that no one associates them with cancer.Justify Full

Telltale Signs of Cancer

Sureshot Symptoms of Cancer

Some of the symptoms are sure shot signs of cancer. These include

  • Lump or thickening in the breast or testicles
  • Change in the character of existing wart or mole
  • Skin sore or a sore throat that does not gets healed for long
  • Changes in bowel or bladder habits
  • Persistent cough or coughing blood
  • Constant indigestion or trouble in swallowing
  • Unusual bleeding or vaginal discharge
  • Chronic fatigue

If you see any of these signs, it’s better to consult your physician and get the cancer detecting tests done.

Symptoms of Different Types of Cancer

The following are the symptoms that must be watched for specific types of cancers:

Breast cancer: A lump or thickened mass in the breast; unusual discharge from the nipple; changes in the breast skin; feeling of heat; enlarged lymph nodes under the arms (boils under arms). Know more about symptoms of breast cancer and how to do self breast examination.

Lung cancer: Wheezing, Cough for months together; blood-streaked sputum; persistent ache in chest; congestion in lungs; enlarged lymph nodes in the neck.

Mouth Cancer: A lump in the mouth, ulcers on the lip, tongue or inside of the mouth that does not heal within a couple of weeks; dentures that no longer fit well; oral pain, bleeding, bad breath, loose teeth, and changes in speech.

Prostate cancer: difficulties while urine discharge; Frequent feelings of urgency to urinate, especially at night; bladder not emptying completely; burning or painful urination; blood in urine; tenderness over the bladder; dull ache in the pelvis or back

Leukemia: Leukemia affects blood forming cells in the body and is characterized by an abundance of abnormal white blood cells in the body. Symptoms include weakness; paleness; fever; flu-like symptoms; bruising and prolonged bleeding; enlarged lymph nodes, spleen, liver; pain in bones and joints; frequent infections; unexplained weight loss; night sweats.

Stomach cancer: Indigestion; acidity; discomfort or pain in the abdominal area; nausea and vomiting; diarrhea or constipation; bloating after meals; loss of appetite; weakness and fatigue; vomiting blood or blood in the stool.

Cancer of Uterus: Abnormal vaginal bleeding; watery bloody discharge in postmenopausal women; painful urination; pain during intercourse; pain in pelvic area.

Ovarian cancer: Abdominal swelling; abnormal vaginal bleeding is a symptom but is not very common; digestive discomfort. Know more about signs, symptoms, stages and treatment options of Ovarian Cancer

Bladder cancer: Blood in the urine; pain or burning while discharging urine; frequent urination; or urine that is not clear and has a cloudy type of effect.

Bone cancer: Pain in the bone or swelling around the affected area; frequent fractures in bones; weakness, fatigue; unexplained weight loss; repeated infections; nausea; vomiting; constipation; problems with urine; weakness or numbness in the legs; bumps and bruises that don’t get cured.

Brain cancer: Dizziness; drowsiness; abnormal eye movements or problems in vision; weakness, loss of sensation in arms or legs, experiencing difficulties in walking; fits or convulsions; major changes in personality, memory or speech; worse types of headaches in the morning that tend ease during the day; nausea or vomiting.

Colorectal cancer: Rectal bleeding (blood in stools); black stools; cramps in abdominal area; sometimes constipation and sometimes diarrhea; unexplained weight loss; loss of appetite; weakness; pallid complexion

Kidney cancer: Blood in urine; dull ache or pain in the back or side; lump in kidney area, sometimes accompanied by high blood pressure.

Melanoma: It is a cancer of the skin. Symptoms include changes in mole or other bump on the skin. It can be bleeding or change in size, shape, color, or texture of moles, warts etc.

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma: Non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHLs) are a diverse group of hematologic cancers of lymphocytes (white blood cells). Symptoms include painless swelling in the lymph nodes in the neck, underarm, or groin; persistent fever; fatigue; unexplained weight loss; itchy skin and rashes; small lumps in skin; bone pain; swelling in the abdomen; liver or spleen enlargement

Pancreatic cancer: Pain in upper abdominal area and near the center of the back; unexplained weight loss; not digesting fatty foods; yellowing of the skin; abdominal masses; enlargement of liver and spleen

Cervical Cancer: Cervical cancer occurs in the cervix– the lower, narrow part of the uterus (womb). Early cervical cancer do not show any symptoms. However, if any symptoms are shown, they may include abnormal vaginal bleeding between periods, after intercourse, or after menopause; continuous vaginal discharge that be pale, watery, pink, brown, bloody, or foul-smelling; and heavy periods that last longer than usual. Know more about cervical cancer and HPV vaccine.

Whenever any of these symptoms of cancer are visible or experienced, one must go for immediate laboratory tests that detect cancer. There is only one way to cure cancer- starting treatment as early as possible.

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