It is probably one of the toughest battles that humans lead and often lose. Cancer is a disease that spreads fast and often comes out of nowhere. Even if it’s not in your family, you may be likely to get it one day. According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 39.6% of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes (based on 2010-2012 data). In 2014, an estimated 15,780 children and adolescents ages 0 to 19 were diagnosed with cancer and 1,960 died of the disease. These numbers should be a sign of warning for people with early stages of cancer and in terms of looking out for symptoms.
Here are 12 warning signs that could detect cancer before it’s too late to cure it. It’s also important to note that you should always consult with your doctor before you assume anything. The list is from Providr.
1. All cancers have one same characteristic
Although there are different types of cancer, there are signs that each of them has in common. These are mostly related to the way the body reacts to unwanted organisms.
2. Change in stool
Any signs of frequent diarrhea, or irregular stool can be a sign of digestive tract cancer. If it’s accompanied by abdominal discomfort it can likely signify this.
3. Changes in urination
If you experience having to urinate more often that usual or you feel discomfort while doing it for a longer period of time, it might indicate a prostate or bladder cancer.
These can indicate oral and skin cancer as well as cancers in the lower regions. Whenever you see something like this popping out, contact your doctor right away.
Blood in the stool or urine can be a sign of cancer, too. Also, coughing up blood and bloody discharge is a bad sign. Contact your doctor as soon as you experience this unusual bleeding.
It’s probably the most obvious sign that people are familiar with. If you find one, make sure to contact a doctor or physician.
This is probably the most undiagnosed symptom, as it’s a pretty common problem. It can be a sign of gastrointestinal tract cancer, especially if it’s partnered with consistent stomach discomfort and issues with swallowing.
8. Changes in freckles or moles
If you have freckles or birthmarks and you notice changes including itching, growth, or flaking, this can be a sign of cancer. Please talk to a professional.
9. Skin changes
If you notice red, yellow, or darkened skin, be careful, it might be a cancer sign.
If you experience consistent pain such as back pain and headaches, it could be a sign of cancer.
11. Weight loss
Whenever you are not dieting and you somehow lose weight, you could be having signs of cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, many cancer patients experience abrupt weight-loss.
Constant coughing and a scratchy throat might indicate cancer in the breathing tract such as throat or lung cancer.
* This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. This information may not fit your specific health circumstances.
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