Cancer is the modern day plague, the disease that kills millions of people every day worldwide and one that we still don’t have the cure for.
There are different types of cancer and hence different types of symptoms and warning signs. If you want to protect yourself you need to pay close attention to the changes in your body and make sure you consult a doctor if you notice something off, because the key to getting better is catching it in time.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 20 of the most common early cancer signs that you should pay close attention to:
Wheezing and shortness of breath
If you’re often short for breath or hear a wheezing sign when you breathe it may be an early symptom of lung cancer.
Chest pain and chronic cough
Many cancer patients describe noticing an arm pain and chest pain in the early stages of cancers like leukemia and lung tumors.
Constant and recurring infections and fever
Leukemia often manifests in frequent fevers and infections especially in the early stages. This happens because the marrow starts producing an abnormal count of white blood cells that consequently start attacking your immune system, leading to infections and fever.
Lung, throat or esophageal cancer can often be accompanied by difficulties swallowing in the early stages.
Swollen lymph nodes on the underarms, groin and neck
These changes in the lymph nodes are often a sign of cancer.
Bruising and bleeding
This is a symptom that there is some change in the red blood cells and platelets that can be caused by leukemia.
Fatigue could be caused by you overworking yourself, which is why many people don’t pay much attention to it. But, fatigue can also be an early sign of cancer which is why is it’s in combination with some other symptom you should consult with your doctor.
Pelvic and abdominal pain
If you feel pain in the abdominal and pelvic area and frequent bloating as well, it may be a sign of ovarian cancer.
Bloating and weight gain
If you feel bloated often and start gaining weight without a reason consult your doctor as these may be the first signs of ovarian cancer.
Rectal bleeding and stool blood
These signs can be alarming as they are connected to colorectal cancer, so make sure you visit a doctor if they persist.
Sudden weight loss
Sudden weight loss can be a symptom of liver cancer or another type of cancer that has metastasized to your liver and is affecting your appetite.
If you struggle with stomachaches often be cautious because it may be a sign of colorectal cancer.
Swollen or inflamed nipples
Swollen, inflamed nipples can be a sign of breast cancer so schedule an appointment with your gynecologist if you notice these changes.
Other nipple changes
If you notice any other change in your nipples, twisted, flattened or inverted nipples you may be facing with an early stage breast cancer.
Unusually frequent and heavy periods
Changes in your period may be connected to uterine and endometrial cancer so if your periods become heavy or unusually frequent get a vaginal ultrasound done to eliminate cancer as the possible culprit.
People usually overlook these but nail changes like dots, streaks, pale or white nails and clubbing can be a tell-tale sign of early liver or lung cancer.
Swollen face, redness and puffy cheeks can be a sign of small tumors in your lungs which block the blood flow to your face leading to the swelling.
Sore lumps that heal slowly or not at all
Skin lumps that don’t heal and bleed easily can be a symptom of skin cancer or more precisely one of the following three: melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma.
Feeling full all the time
This is another symptom of ovarian cancer and shouldn’t be overlooked.
Lower back pain or lower right side pain
These two can be a symptom of breast tumors or liver cancer so you need to consult with your doctor if the pain is frequent and constant.
Listen to your body and pay attention to everything it’s telling you because it will alarm you when something is wrong. Catching this awful disease in the early stages is of utmost importance and it’s the biggest chance you have against it. Consult with your doctor for any of the above mentioned signs and symptoms and take good care of your body!