Let’s be clear from the beginning – cancer is the most insidious of all diseases and can cause almost any sign or symptom that can depend on the type of cancer and where it is located, as well as its size and spread throughout the body. Symptoms are more obvious if the cancer has grown or spread. However, it is possible to have an early stage of cancer without any signs or symptoms at all.
In any case, you should know the general symptoms of cancer and how to recognize them. If you have some of them and they last for a longer period of time, then you should visit your doctor.
Inexplicable weight loss and loss of appetite.
A sudden weight loss that is not the result of a strict diet is certainly a warning that something is going on in our digestive system. It may be related to colon cancer and other digestive cancers, but it may also be a sign that cancer has spread to the liver, which is unable to get rid of the waste products that cause a loss of appetite.
Feeling full and unable to eat may be a symptom of ovarian cancer. It is a fact that half of people with cancer lose weight by the time they are diagnosed so take this early warning sign seriously and talk to your doctor.
Frequent infections and low-grade fevers:
Cancer weakens your immune system, causing more frequent infections and unexplained fevers (usually low-grade) that will not go away. Fevers are usually present when the cancer has spread to a new area or affects the immune system. These symptoms usually occur with blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma. Check for other symptoms of these cancers and if you have some of them do not delay visiting your doctor.
Wound that does not heal:
What is normal about our skin is that it has the power to repair itself very quickly so that any damage usually heals in a week or two. However, if you notice that a sore, wart or spot is not healing even after several weeks, it’s certainly time for a check-up. This is fine even if the wound is painless!
Shortness of breath, wheezing, or constant coughing.
Shortness of breath can be a symptom of many conditions, most of them benign, but it is one of the first symptoms of lung cancer. If you experience shortness of breath that is accompanied by wheezing and constant coughing, make sure you are checked by your doctor as soon as possible.Thickening or bumps all over the body.Soft tissue cancers of the body can often be seen through the skin …This includes breast cancer, cancer of the testes, and cancer of the lymph nodes. Check for any lumps or thickening anywhere on your body and report them to your doctor, especially if you notice any changes in their size.
Changes in bowel or bladder habits.
Any drastic change in bowel movements and bladder habits should be reported immediately to a physician. We are talking about long-term constipation, diarrhea or a change in stool size that could be a symptom of cancer. A change in the colour of the urine or the presence of blood in the urine, pain when urinating may be related to prostate or bladder cancer.
Unusual bleeding or discharge: Any unusual bleeding can be a sign of cancer,once it has reached its early and advanced stages. For example, coughing blood can be a sign of lung cancer while blood in the stool can be a sign of colon cancer…Any unusual vaginal bleeding can be linked to cervical cancer. Blood in the urine may indicate the presence of bladder or kidney cancer while bloody discharge from the nipples may be a sign of breast cancer.
Indigestion or difficulty swallowing: Indigestion and difficulty swallowing are not usually related to cancer, but it’s good to know that if these symptoms don’t go away, they could be a sign of cancer of the stomach, esophagus or pharynx (throat). Having difficulty swallowing may also be a sign of lung cancer. So, if you experience these symptoms for a longer period of time check your condition with the doctor.