The routine cancer tests alone will not keep you safe from cancer. You need to learn how to listen to your body and recognize any odd or unexplainable changes. Read on and find out which symptoms are mostly ignored.
- A chronic cough or Chest Pain
Some cancers like leukemia and lung tumors can manifest through a severe cough or bronchitis. Some lung cancer patients experience chest pain that spreads through the shoulder to the arm.
- Wheezing or Shortness of Breath
This is one of the first symptoms of lung cancer that patients experience. They all remember the inability to breathe normally.
- Difficulty Swallowing
Problematic swallowing is usually related to throat cancer and in some cases with lung cancer.
- Frequent Fevers or Infections
These symptoms are characteristic for leukemia, a cancer of the blood cells that occurs in the bone marrow. Leukemia stimulates the marrow to create abnormal blood cells, sapping your organism’s infection-fighting abilities.
- Excessive Bruising or Bleeding That Doesn’t Stop
This symptom usually manifests as a result of abnormal happening with the platelets and the red blood cells, which is a sign of leukemia. In time, leukemia cells crowd out red blood cells and platelets, reducing your blood’s capability to transport oxygen and clot.
- Swollen Lymph Nodes or Lumps on the Neck, Underarm and Groin
Enlarged lymph nodes are a sign of changes in the lymphatic system, which can be the result of cancer.
- Bloating or Abdominal Weight Gain
Women who suffer from ovarian cancer usually experience unexplainable abdominal bloating that occurs unexpectedly and continues for a longer period of time.
- Weakness and Fatigue
Fatigue and weakness are symptoms of various cancers. If you feel tired and it doesn’t result of a poor dream, you should visit your doctor as soon as possible.
- Pelvic or Abdominal Pain
Pain and cramping in the pelvis and abdomen can occur along with the bloating, that is a common symptom of ovarian cancer. Leukemia causes abdominal pain which is caused by an enlarged spleen.
- Feeling Full and Unable to Eat
This is another symptom of ovarian cancer. Women experience lack of appetite and inability to eat, even when they haven’t eaten for a whole day.
- Unexplained Weight Loss
Weight loss is an early symptom of colon and other digestive cancers. It is also a symptom of the cancer that has affected the liver, reducing your appetite and the organism’s ability to eliminate waste.
- Rectal Bleeding or Blood in Stool
This is a symptom of colorectal cancer. If you notice blood in your stool you must visit your doctor as soon as possible and do a colonoscopy.