Constant monitoring of the body is needed to know the symptoms in the early stage. Prevention is better than cure. But sometimes it is better late than never! Today with the advancement in medical field, there is lot of new advanced treatments available. But how many of us are aware and are able to make use of them? Is a big question!
Here are some common signs that are overlooked for cancer
Symptoms of cancer #1: Pelvic or abdominal pain or abnormal periods
If your flow suddenly becomes significantly heavier month after month, if you start bleeding between periods, check for uterine, ovarian, or other vaginal cancers. Pain and cramping in the pelvis and abdomen can go hand in hand with the bloating that often signals ovarian cancer. Leukemia can also cause abdominal pain resulting from an enlarged spleen.
Symptoms of cancer #2: Stomach pain or nausea
Persistent stomach cramps or is suddenly nauseous all the time and it’s not getting better, see a doctor. It could be a symptom of ulcer, but it could also signal leukemia or esophageal, liver, pancreatic, or colorectal cancer.
Symptoms of cancer #3: Vaginal discharge colored with blood
Bloody, dark or smelly discharge is usually a sign of infection. But sometimes, it’s a sign of cervical or endometrial cancer.
Symptoms of cancer #4: Difficulty swallowing
A sore throat can make swallowing hard or painful, if it persists for a few weeks and gets worse, see your doctor. This is a common sign of throat or stomach cancer and could also be an early sign of lung cancer.
Symptoms of cancer #5: Persistent fatigue
If you notice you’re tired every day for more than a month, or experience shortness of breath when you didn’t before, see a doctor. Leukemia and lymphoma commonly cause persistent fatigue.
Symptoms of cancer #6: Noticeable skin changes
If you notice a mole getting darker, larger, or becoming raised and often irregularly shaped as opposed to round, get it checked out.
Symptoms of cancer #7: Pain or sores in the mouth
If you notice sores that don’t heal, pain that sticks around, white or red patches on the gums or tongue, and any swelling or numbness of the jaw and If they persist for longer than two weeks it could be a sign of some mouth cancers.
Symptoms of cancer #8: Excessive bleeding or bruising that doesn’t stop
If you start to notice bruises popping up all the time, especially in strange places like your hands or fingers. These symptoms usually suggests something abnormal happening with the platelets and red blood cells, which can be a sign of leukemia. Over time, leukemia cells crowd out red blood cells and platelets, impairing your blood’s ability to carry oxygen and clot.
Symptoms of cancer #9: Breast dimpling, discoloration, or nipple changes
One of the most common changes women remember noticing before being diagnosed with breast cancer is a nipple that began to appear:
2. Inverted or turned sideways.
3. Skin dimpling or puckering
4. Nipples that turn inward
5. Nipple discharge
6. Redness or scaling of your nipple or breast skin
Symptoms of cancer #10: Bloating
Constant bloating can sometimes mean ovarian or uterine cancer.
Symptoms of cancer #11: Abnormal vaginal bleeding
If you have already undergone menopause, any bleeding or spotting included should be evaluated. Haven’t gone through menopause yet? See your doctor if you experience bleeding between periods, heavy bleeding or bleeding during sex. Because more than 90% of women diagnosed with endometrial cancer experience irregular bleeding.
Unexplained weight loss
Symptoms of cancer #12: Less Appetite
If you have less appetite when you usually have a good appetite, and there’s no big life event or problems happening to cause that, get it checked out. Weight loss is an early sign of colon and other digestive cancers; it’s also a sign of cancer that’s spread to the liver, affecting your appetite and the ability of your body to rid itself of wastes.
Thus be aware of these symptoms of cancer and make a lifestyle change to remain cancer safe.