The major cancer sign you need to know
Cancer is known to be a very deadly disease that can be cured when detected early. Although some cancers traits develop without symptoms, the disease can be very devastating if visible symptoms are ignored.
When cancer spreads or metastasizes, it can push on nearby organs, nerves and blood vessels which can cause signs and symptoms. They could also use up a lot of your body’s energy supply and cause a change in how your immune system functions.
The most common cancer sign you should know
Cancer most times don’t show signs indicating that it is present, some cancers occur more frequently at certain age groups, other times smokers and heavy alcohol users stand a higher risk of getting cancer, genetics is a factor to consider.
From these findings, the best way to prevent cancer or fight cancer is to avoid risk factors like smoking, too much alcohol, also cancer screening can also help in the early detection or diagnosis of cancer.
Persistent coughing/blood-tinged saliva
These symptoms usually show the presence of infections like Bronchitis or Sinusitis. It could also be a symptom of neck or lung cancer.
If persistent coughing lasts more than a month or a person starts experiencing blood in the mucus, he or she is advised to see a doctor.
Blood in the stool
This could be as a result of hemorrhoids which is a common cause of rectal bleeding. Hemorrhoids may or may not exist with cancer, so appropriate examination of the intestinal tract by the doctor is necessary for confirmation.
An X-ray may also help with the diagnosis, routine colonoscopy is recommended for people who are 50 years old and above.
Anemia is a condition in which a person has fewer than the expected number of red blood cells in their blood. When there is no obvious source of reoccurring blood loss (also known as iron deficiency Anaemia) this type of Anaemia needs to be investigated.
Bowel cancers are the most common cause of iron deficiency Anaemia. Endoscopy of X-ray studies of the upper and lower intestinal tract is advised.
Lump in the Breast
The breast normally consists of some normal breast lumps which are non-cancerous tumors such as fibroadenomas or cysts.
When examining for breast cancer, breast lumps have to be thoroughly investigated. An X-ray study which might include an MRI or an ultrasound of the breast should be carried out.
Breast discharge is also common but some forms of discharge which may include blood from one nipple need to be properly evaluated.
Lumps in the testicles
Men who have cancer of the testicles may have an enlarged testicle or an uncomfortable and painless lump on the testicle. Reasons why changes in the testicles and lumps should be evaluated.
Blood in the Urine
This condition is called Hematuria and can be caused by a urinary infection, kidney stones and more.
Blood in the urine could be a symptom of cancer of the bladder or kidney so, therefore, it needs to be evaluated. The blood could be visible to the naked eye or may need microscopic examination.
Difficulty in swallowing or indigestion
Difficulty in swallowing is a common problem, especially amongst elderly people.
Over-the-counter prescriptions could help ease this symptom. A condition called Barrett esophagus which can lead to cancer of the esophagus could develop if not properly treated and monitored by a doctor.
Unusual Vaginal discharge or bleeding
This could be an early sign of cancer of the Uterus. If you are experiencing bleeding after intercourse or between periods, and if bleeding lasts longer than 2 days or more than expected you are advised to see a doctor.
Postmenopausal bleeding unless expected on hormone therapy could be a cause to worry. Evaluation should include an endometrial biopsy and a pap smear.
Sudden weight loss
Unexplained weight loss or about 10 pounds or more could be a sign of cancer. Weight loss of about 10 pounds or more could be a sign of cancer.
Weight loss is a common symptom in people who have pancreatic cancer, lung cancer etc.
Ever fresh sores
Generally, sores are meant to heal quickly. If it isn’t happening this way, you may have cancer and should see a doctor. Although some un-healing sores could be as a result of poor circulation for example; diabetic foot ulcers.