Don’t rely only on routine tests to protect you from cancer. It’s also important to listen to your body and notice anything different, strange, or unclear.
Here are some often overlooked signs:
- Wheezing or shortness of breath
One of the first symptoms many lung cancer patients remember is the inability to catch their breath.
- Chronic cough or chest pain
Several types of cancer, including leukemia and lung tumors, can cause symptoms that mimic those of a bad cough or bronchitis. Some lung cancer patients complain of chest pain that radiates to the shoulder or down the arm.
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- Extreme fever or infection
These may be symptoms of leukemia, which is a cancer of the blood cells that begins in the bone marrow. Leukemia causes the marrow to produce abnormal white blood cells, which reduces the body’s ability to fight infection.
- Difficulty Swallowing
Trouble swallowing is usually associated with cancer of the esophagus or throat, and is sometimes one of the first signs of lung cancer.
- Swollen lymph nodes or lumps in the neck, armpits or groin
Swollen lymph nodes indicate changes in the lymphatic system, which may be a sign of cancer.
- Heavy bruising or bleeding that doesn’t stop
This symptom usually indicates that something abnormal is happening with the platelets and red blood cells, which can be a sign of leukemia. Over time, leukemia cells outnumber 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 different types of cancer that need to be checked for, along with other symptoms. But whenever you feel unexplained fatigue and don’t respond to excessive sleepiness, talk to your doctor.
- Flatulence or weight gain
Women with ovarian cancer report unexplained abdominal distension that comes on somewhat suddenly and is intermittent over a long period of time.
- Feeling full and unable to eat
This is another information for ovarian cancer. Women say that they feel less hungry and are unable to eat even if they do not eat food for some time.
- Pelvic or abdominal pain
Pain and cramping in the pelvis and abdomen may occur along with bloating, which often indicates ovarian cancer. Leukemia can also cause abdominal pain due to an enlarged spleen.
- Bleeding from the rectum or blood in the stool
This is a common finding for colorectal cancer diagnosis. Blood in the toilet alone is reason to call the doctor and schedule a colonoscopy.
- Unexplained Weight Loss
Weight loss is an early sign of colon and other gastrointestinal cancers. It is also a sign that the cancer has spread to the liver, affecting your appetite and your body’s ability to get rid of waste.
- Upset stomach or stomach pain
Abdominal cramps or frequent upset stomach can be a sign of colorectal cancer.
- Red, sore or swollen breasts
These symptoms may indicate inflammatory breast cancer. Contact your doctor about any unexplained changes in your breasts.
- Changes in the Nipple
One of the most common changes women remember before they were diagnosed with breast cancer was nipples that started to appear flat, inverted, or laterally inverted.
- Abnormally heavy or painful periods or bleeding between periods
Many women report this as endometrial or uterine cancer. If you suspect anything more than regular heavy periods, order a transvaginal ultrasound.
- Swelling of facial features
Some lung cancer patients have reported swelling, swelling, or redness on the face. Small cell lung tumors usually block blood vessels in the chest, preventing blood from flowing freely through your head and face.
- A wound or lump that does not heal, scabs or bleeds easily
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- Changes in Nails
Unexplained changes in toe nails can be a sign of several types of cancer. A brown or black streak or dot under the nail may indicate skin cancer, while a newly discovered “lump”—increased fingernail with the fingernail curled down—can be a sign of lung cancer. Yellow or white nails can sometimes be a sign of liver cancer.
- Pain in the back or lower right side
Many cancer patients say that this was the first sign of liver cancer. Breast cancer is often diagnosed by back pain, which can occur when a breast tumor pushes back into the chest, or when the cancer has spread to the spine or ribs.