Don’t just rely on routine tests to protect yourself from cancer. It is also important to listen to your body and notice something different, strange, and inexplicable.
Here are some symptoms that are often ignored:
- Shortness of breath, shortness of breath
One of the first symptoms many lung cancer patients notice is shortness of breath.
- Chronic cough or chest pain
Several types of cancer, including leukemia and lung cancer, can cause symptoms that mimic a cough or bronchitis. Some lung cancer patients report chest pain in the shoulder or down the arm.
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- Persistent fever or infection
These can be signs of leukemia, which is a cancer of the blood cells that starts in the bone marrow. Leukemia causes abnormal white blood cells in the bone marrow, which reduce the body’s ability to fight infection.
- Difficulty swallowing
Difficulty swallowing is often associated with esophageal or larynx cancer and is sometimes one of the first symptoms of lung cancer.
- Swollen lymph nodes or lumps in the neck, armpits, or groin
Swollen lymph nodes indicate changes in the lymphatic system, which can be a sign of cancer.
- Bruising and non-stop bleeding
This symptom usually indicates something abnormal is happening to the platelets and red blood cells, which can be a sign of leukemia. Over time, leukemia cells compress red blood cells and platelets, reducing the blood’s ability to carry oxygen and clot.
- Weakness and fatigue
Fatigue and general weakness are symptoms of many types of cancer and should be considered along with other symptoms. But talk to your doctor if you have unexplained fatigue and don’t respond to extra sleep.
- Bloating or weight gain
Most women with ovarian cancer report abdominal distension that comes on suddenly and has been interrupted for a long time.
- Will not be able to eat
This is another piece of information about ovarian cancer. Women say they have a lack of appetite and can’t eat even if they haven’t eaten.
- Pelvic or abdominal pain
Pelvic and abdominal pain and cramping along with bloating are often signs of ovarian cancer. Leukemia can also cause abdominal pain due to an enlarged spleen.
- Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool
It is common in the diagnosis of colon cancer. Blood in the toilet alone is cause for a call to your doctor and a colonoscopy.
- Unreasonable weight loss
Weight loss is an early symptom of colon and other gastrointestinal cancers. It’s also a sign that cancer has spread to the liver, affecting your appetite and your body’s ability to get rid of waste products.
- Indigestion or stomach pain
Stomach cramping and constant pain can indicate colon cancer.
- The breast is red, painful, and swollen
These symptoms may indicate breast cancer. See your doctor about any unexplained breast changes.
- Changing nipples
One of the most common changes women remember before being diagnosed with breast cancer is that their nipples start to look flat, inverted, or turned sideways.
- Menstruation that is unusually heavy, painful, or bleeding between periods
Many women report this as endometrial or uterine cancer. If you suspect anything other than normal heavy periods, order a vaginal ultrasound.
- Swelling of facial forms
Some lung cancer patients report that they notice facial swelling, swelling, and redness. Small cell lung tumors often block the arteries in the chest, preventing blood from flowing freely from the head and face.
- Wounds and lumps that do not heal easily, do not peel and do not bleed
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- Nail changes
Unexplained changes in toenails can be a symptom of several types of cancer. A brown or black line or spot under the nail can indicate skin cancer, while a newly found “lump” or enlarged fingernail tip can be a sign of lung cancer. Pale or white nails are sometimes a sign of liver cancer.
- Pain in the back or lower right
Many cancer patients say that this is the first symptom of liver cancer. Breast cancer is often diagnosed with back pain, which occurs when a breast tumor returns to the chest or the tumor spreads to the back or ribs.