With so much being published and documented around Cancer, there are still some gaps in the management of the disease. Alongside this, it has been observed that accurate and effective diagnosis of the disease plays a critical role in planning the treatment regime for the disease. Early diagnosis is marked with the early observation of cancer signs and symptoms that could be suggestive of the disease. To detect cancer, when it is still localized and has not metastasized, is one of the key things for easier treatment.
Not inclusive, but here is a lot of common cancer symptoms that one could be watchful of during day to day life and most of these cancer symptoms that cannot be ignore:
Unexplained or sudden and abrupt weight loss or tiredness: Not just in cancer, but this early sign seeks attention in the easiest way. There may be several reasons for unexplained weight gain or loss, therefore, if you feel bulky or too weak and low in energy make sure you consult your clinician and do as recommended.
Changes in the skin: Appearance of moles, warts or lump formation or overgrowth in the skin are some of the most common changes that one may observe in the skin. These sudden changes must be checked for the formation of melanoma or the form of skin cancer.
Persistent cough or hoarseness: Imagine if you are having a cough for over fifteen days, and it is characterized by hoarseness and roughness, and you know it is not due to flu or is not seasonal, makes sure you do not ignore this and see a clinician immediately.
Changes in Testicles: A sudden appearance of lump or heaviness or any unexplained change in the general shape of the testicle is not something that should be ignored or overlooked. Testicular cancer is known to grow faster than others such as prostate cancer.
Blood in the Urine or Stool: Sudden appearance of blood in the stool is often referred to as hemorrhoids and is a potential symptom of colon cancer. Blood in the urine is also considered a symptom of bladder or kidney cancer. Therefore bleeding in the urine and stool should not be overlooked or ignored.
Untimely Bleeding during Menopause: It is quite common for the women to observe spotting or bleeding even while they are not on period, in fact more commonly when they enter into menopause.
Changes in Breast: If you feel the presence of lumps in your breast upon regular examination is something that needs to be consulted and examined.
We all end up reading several articles that outline or beware us of being conscious of these symptoms that could be indicative of early cancer progression, unfortunately, we still happen to ignore these symptoms. To put this right, by the end of this article I am expecting you to see your doctor if you end up observing one of the above-mentioned symptoms.
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