Cancer is a group of diseases that cause a range of signs and symptoms and can grow anywhere within the body. Depending on where cancer is growing within the body determines where signs and symptoms will occur. Cancer can occur in organs where symptoms may not occur until it has reached advanced stages, such as the pancreas.
While none of the following signs should be considered as a definite sign of cancer, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss what is going on.
1] Unexplained Weight Loss:
“As adults, we try very hard to lose weight. But if weight is falling off of you without any effort on your part, that is a big concern and can be indicative of a serious medical problem.” One of those problems, she says, could be malignancy or a tumor.
2] Lumps beneath the skin:
We cannot stress enough the importance of doing self-exams once a month at home on commonly affected areas like the breasts. If you feel a lump on the breasts or testicles, it’s time to head to the doctor. While many of these masses end up being benign, it’s better to be safe than so, so sorry.
3] Changes in urination:
Similarly to normal bowel functioning, your bladder function should be fairly regular. Changes in the strength of your urine flow, color, smell, presence of foam, or especially noticeable blood, should be checked immediately for the possibility of cancer growing in your body.
4] Mouth Changes:
If you smoke, watch for yellow, gray, white or bright-red patches inside your
mouth or on your lips. You could also develop a canker sore that looks like an ulcer with a crater in it. Any of these can signal oral cancer. Ask your doctor or dentist about tests and treatment.
Cancer may be growing inside your body in your lung, esophagus, throat, or even stomach
if you are experiencing coughing that is persistent and not a result of another illness
6] Frequent fevers or: infections
Frequently a sign of leukemia, a cancer of the blood cells that starts in bone marrow. It causes the marrow to produce abnormal white blood cells that hinder your body’s infection-fighting abilities.
7] Persistent Change in Bowel Habits:
When your bowel movements aren’t as easy as they once were or your stool appears larger than normal or somewhat deformed, this could be a sign of colon cancer, says Bartholomew Bevers. “It could be a sign that there is a mass impeding the transit of the stool from the bowel,” she says. “This is a symptom where a person should go to the doctor and schedule a colonoscopy to see if there indeed is a mass.”
8] Itchy, red skin:
If you don’t have any history of skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema and you notice extremely inflamed patches of skin, it may be time to see the doc. Your body will try to fight cancer on an immune-system level which can lead to skin inflammation