Our bodies constantly undergo certain changes and that is completely natural process. Still, if you notice any unexplained changes you should visit medical expert as that may save your life. All of you should pay closer attention and see if there are any signs or symptoms that your body is trying to send. Early detection of cancer significantly increases your chances of survival and successful treatment.
Below we are going to list 16 warning signs of cancer
- Unexplained Weight Loss
Experts explain that unplanned weight loss is one of the first and most obvious signs that you are dealing with cancer. This particularly refers to breast and lung cancer. Unexplained weight loss also occurs when cancer attacks and hinders the function of the liver. Moreover, at many patients it is one of the first signs that indicate colon or other digestive cancers.
- Chronic Heartburn
If you are experiencing chronic heartburn, you should be aware that it may indicate that you have Barrett’s esophagus or esophageal cancer.
- Bowel Issues
Any sudden change in the bowel habits that lasts for more than a month is a clear sign of bowel cancer.
- Difficulty Swallowing
If you have troubles with swallowing, pain or a burning sensation while you swallow the food, it may be indication of esophageal, lung or throat cancer.
- Frequent Fevers or Infections
If you are struggling with persistent or prolonged fever, it may indicate that you have a cancerous condition, such as lymphoma.
- Unexplained Fatigue
Different types of cancer are manifested with unexplained and constant weakness and fatigue.
- Shortness of Breath
If you experience constant shortness of breath and wheezing, you should be aware that it may be indication of lung cancer. Namely, the cancer presses against and narrows some airway.
- Chronic Cough
Persistent and irritating cough that is accompanied by chest pain is obvious symptom of leukemia and lung tumors.
Sudden and unexplained abdominal bloating may occur as a result of ovarian cancer, particularly when is accompanied by pelvic pain and feeling full.
One of the most obvious and most common signs of liver or gallbladder disease is jaundice (medical condition where the skin or whites of the eyes become yellowish).
- Unusual Swelling or Lumps in the Body
Any unusual lumps on the breasts, neck, underarms testicles, groin or abdomen that last for a longer period of time may indicate cancer.
- Changes in Moles
Although moles are usually harmless, when they start to change and cause pain, they may indicate cancer.
- Changes in Nails
Nails always show when there is something odd happening with your body. If you notice any changes in your nails, for instance if they become pale, clubbed or have black or brown spots, visit doctor as that may be indication of few types of cancers, such as skin, liver or lung cancer.
- Abdominal Pain
Pelvic or lower abdominal pain that doesn’t go away, may be symptom of ovarian, breast, colon, rectum or uterine cancer.
- Unexplained Pain
Chronic and unexplained pain that lasts for longer period of time, for example a month, usually is indication of bone or testicular cancer.
- Abnormal Bleeding
If you notice blood in your urine or in your stools, it may indicate presence of bladder, kidney or bowel cancer. Pay attention to bleeding between periods or after menopause as it may indicate presence of uterine cancer.