Keeping the fact in mind how cancer is such a common and more importantly, such a deadly disease, it is extremely important to keep in mind certain indications and to be on the lookout for them. It helps a person be on guard and can save yours, or somebody else’s life. Here in this article, we would talk about 11 crucial signs and symptoms that could result due to cancer.
1. Constant Fatigue
Since it is common for cancer to cause blood loss (in ways that are not obvious), it leads to severe fatigue that doesn’t go away with rest. It persists even after one is very well rested and very well fed. It can be an important symptom of Leukemia, colon and even stomach cancers. Therefore, unexplained and persistent fatigue should not be ignored.
2. Unexplained weight loss
If a person suddenly loses a lot of weight, it is a cause for alarm. However, it should be made sure that the weight loss was unintentional and not using any other means such as social exercise or diet control. One of the very early symptoms of cancer is the loss of around 10 pounds or 4.5 Kgs.
3. Unexplained lumps around the body
It should come as no surprise that one should regularly be examining one’s body. If one notices lumps or ‘thickening’ in the body around certain areas, they should immediately consult a doctor. However, being too anxious about it would not be correct either as most of the lumps that form in the body are usually benign, or unharmful.
It is an understood fact that cancer lowers a person’s immune system. This means that a person is more susceptible to medical issues like a fever. This problem usually presents itself at the last stages of cancer however, in certain types of blood cancers. Nevertheless, it is best to consult a professional as soon as possible.
5. Persistent pain in the body
Although pain indicates many different problems for a person, if it decides to stick and just doesn’t end, it could be a clear warning sign. It could even point towards brain tumor, colon, rector or ovary cancer, depending on where the pain is. Therefore, a thorough checkup should be done.
6. Change in habits related to the passing of stool or urine
If diarrhea or constipation remains persistent and refuses to get better, it would be a good time to visit a doctor as it could indicate towards colon cancer. Bathroom habits could also indicate towards bladder or prostate cancer by keeping in mind problems like pain in passing urine, bloody urine or even changes in bowel movements. A doctor should be consulted immediately, keeping in mind the fact that these symptoms could well be a urinary tract infection as well rather than a sign of cancer.
Getting a bad cough from time to time isn’t a cause for concern however if it refuses to go away for a very long period and it hurts in your chest or back whenever you cough, a professional should be consulted just to stay on the safer side.
8. Changes in the skin.
As already mentioned, one should always be on the lookout for changes in one’s own body. Skin changes is a very common symptom of cancer; especially skin cancer. Therefore, one should always be in the lookout for changes in the skin like yellowish tones, unexplained reddened skin, itching or even bleeding.
9. Unexplained bleeding.
Unexplained bleeding should always be investigated, cancer or no cancer. However, it is common for cancer patients to be having very unusual bleeding. Some of the very dangerous symptoms that need immediate attention are abnormal vaginal bleeding, coughing blood or passing blood with your stool or urine.
10. A problem in swallowing or indigestion.
Although cases of indigestion are usually not related to cancer and are far less fatal, a problem that doesn’t fade away could sometimes be a symptom of cancer. Some cancers that bring with it indigestion and problems with swallowing are the cancers of the esophagus, stomach or throat.
11. Other possible symptoms.
The symptoms that are discussed above are very generic however, different symptoms can come up for different people according to the type of cancer that they might have. Therefore, any unexplained changes in your body, especially the ones that won’t go away, should be reported to the doctor immediately to get a complete checkup. It is always better to be able to detect cancer at an early stage rather than at a later stage where it becomes more fatal.