Cancer is like the scary monster hiding under your bed when you were a kid. You are almost so afraid it will really be there, that you don’t want to look and find out.
People never want to think it could be cancer
Unlike those imaginary monsters, cancer is very real and very deadly. If it has begun an invasion in your body, you need to know about it! Early detection is absolutely critical for successful treatment and recovery. Therefore, you should be aware that some cancer symptoms are easily, and commonly, overlooked.
Mysterious pain that doesn’t go away
Pain may be an early symptom with some cancers like bone cancers or testicular cancer. A headache that does not go away or get better with treatment may be a symptom of a brain tumor. Back pain can be a symptom of cancer of the colon, rectum, or ovary. Most often, pain due to cancer means it has already spread (metastasized) from where it started.
Ongoing changes in bladder habits or bowel movements
Colon cancer can sometimes cause changes in bowel movements, such as long-term diarrhea or constipation. Changes associated with bladder functions such as painful urination or the presence of blood in the urine can be linked with cancers of the bladder or prostate. Continued changes with bladder or bowel functions should always be discussed with your physician.
Hoarseness or continuing cough
Most coughs are not cancer. But certainly a persistent cough needs to be evaluated to see if it could be lung cancer.
If you find yourself suffering from long-term hoarseness, a chronic cough, or find the presence of blood accompanying coughs, it should definitely be evaluated by your physician.
Prolonged presence of a fever
Fever is very common with cancer, but it more often happens after cancer has spread from where it started. Almost all people with cancer will have fever at some time, especially if the cancer or its treatment affects the immune system. (This can make it harder for the body to fight infection.) Less often, fever may be an early sign of cancer, such as blood cancers like leukemia or lymphoma.
Sores that don’t heal and other skin changes
Sores that are not healed after three weeks are definitely a cause for concern. This can be a sign of carcinoma.
Also be cautious of any moles that change in appearance, or new marks that appear on the skin for no apparent reason. These should always be pointed out to your physician, or consult with a dermatologist to rule out skin cancer.
Dimpling or discoloration of breasts
Most women know to look out for lumps in the breast. However, other changes can also be warning signs. Be watchful for dimpling of the skin, inverting of a nipple, unusual swelling, strange tenderness, or unexplained discolorations of the skin.
Thankfully, in many cases, symptoms do not turn out to be caused by cancer, but because the possibility exists, it should not be overlooked. You should always consult your physician if you experience symptoms that could be a cause for concern.
Source: The Alternative Daily
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