In all types of cancer, first, a group of body’s cells begins to divide endlessly and then it might spread to surrounding tissues. Cancer may occur anywhere in the body and may affect any person at any age. It’s a terrifying disease but lately, with the help of modern medicine, many types of cancer are treatable and some even completely curable. In the future, doctors will offer treatment options based on the genetic changes occurring in a specific tumor. But for now, the most important thing when it comes to cancer’s treatability is early discovery. The early detection of cancer increases the chances for successful treatment significantly. That why is important for people to be aware of cancer symptoms that often are mistaken for other less serious illnesses.
Here are some cancer symptoms and signs that people tend to ignore, courtesy of Providr.
If you are experiencing any of these signs it’s not definite that you have cancer. The best thing would be to visit your doctor and also educate yourself on cancer on sites like cancer.net, cancer.org and cancer.gov.
We all get tired at some point of the day but if rest does not make the tiredness to go away, it might be a symptom of something more serious, like leukemia, colon cancer or stomach cancer.
2. Unexpected weight loss
If you notice a sudden weight loss even though you are not exercising it might be a sign of pancreas, stomach, esophagus or lung cancer.
Fiver might be one of the first symptoms of cancer. Sometimes cancer affects the immune system, making it difficult for the body to fight the infection. This will result in a fever.
People who have bone cancer or testicular cancer might feel severe pain. One of the symptoms of brain cancer is a headache that doesn’t go away with medication and rest.
5. Sores that do not heal
If you have a sore in your mouth that has been there for some time, it might be a symptom of oral cancer. Also, long-lasting sores in the genital area might be a symptom of an infection or early cancer.
6. White spots in the mouth
Leukoplakia is a condition that is usually caused by smoking. White tick patches on your tongue and the lining of your mouth are one of the first signs. It’s usually not serious but sometimes it can be connected with oral cancer.
7. Unusual bleeding
Coughing blood might be a sign of lung cancer. Reddish urine still might be caused by colored food but also by cancer. Always check with a doctor if you find blood in your urine since it can be a symptom of bladder or kidney cancer
8. Brittle nails
Even though brittle fingernails are a common condition, sometimes they can be a sign of a skin 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.