People are naturally gifted to recognize if something is wrong with their health, by listening closely to their body. It can, actually, provide them with some helpful clues on spotting diseases, even cancer. It is clear that early detection is extremely important when it comes to cancer progression, so for everyone is helpful to know as many as possible early warning signs and whenever any of them occurs, in the consultation with the doctor should be processed some tests.
In this article, we tried to explain 20 early cancer warning signs, which can save your lives if you react to time.
- A) Indirect Symptoms
Wheezing/shortness of breath
That can be a sign for lung cancer patients, which is one of their first symptoms, but you shouldn’t it connect to cancer initially.
Frequent fevers or infections
If you experience frequent fevers or infections it can be a sign of leukemia (a cancer of the blood cells) that starts in bone marrow. The first sign is the production of abnormal white blood cells that weakens your body’s infection-fighting abilities.
In case of difficulty swallowing people may be affected by throat cancer, but it can be an indicator of lung cancer too.
Weakness and fatigue
It can be a common symptom of cancer, but it should be looked in combination with other symptoms to determine which it is exactly.
Feeling full and unable to eat
The people who feel full can suffer from ovarian cancer. So, loss of appetite even when you haven’t eaten for a while is a secret information for you.
If you experience anorexia that could be an early sign of pancreatic cancer. Additionally, sudden disgust for coffee, wine or smoking can be signed for the same health condition.
- B) Visible Bodily Changes
7.Rectal bleeding or blood in stool
Frequent rectal bleeding or blood in stool are common signs of colorectal cancer, which should be a big enough sign to see a doctor immediately.
Lumps in the neck, groin area or underarm
In case the swollen lymph nodes appear the in the neck, groin area or underarm it can be an indication of changes in the lymphatic system which can lead to cancer.
Excessive bruising or bleeding that doesn’t stop
Abnormalities with the platelets and red blood cells can be a sign of leukemia. In such case leukemia cells crowd out red blood cells impairing your blood’s ability to carry oxygen and can lead to clots.
Bloating or abdominal weight gain
The sign of ovarian cancer can be an unexplained bloating that came on suddenly and continued for a significant amount of time.
Unexplained weight loss
Very often an unexpected weight loss can be an early sign of colon and other digestive cancers. This condition can be also a sign of cancer that has spread to the liver, which affects your appetite and the body’s ability to get rid of waste.
A red, sore, or swollen breast
These signs are indicating inflammatory breast cancer, and unexplained changes should be immediately reported to a doctor. Also, a nipple that is inverted, turned sideways or appears flattened, had also been noticed by patients diagnosed with breast cancer.
Swelling of facial features
If you notice swelling, puffiness or redness of the face that might be a sign of lung cancer. It is a result of blocked blood vessels in the chest by the cell lung tumors, which prevent blood from flowing freely to the head.
Sore/lump on the skin that bleeds, becomes hard or doesn’t heal
This is the signs that are caused by different types of skin cancer (melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma or basal cell carcinoma), so you should be aware of any odd-looking growths or spots.
Changes in nails
If you have a brown/black dot under the nail that can indicate skin cancer, while pale or white nails can be a sign of liver cancer. The enlargement of the fingers with nails and they’re curving down over the tips, can be a sign of lung cancer.
- C) Pain
16.Unusually heavy or painful periods, bleeding between periods
A common sign of endometrial or uterine cancer when you experience unusually heavy or painful periods and bleeding between periods. In such a case you can make a transvaginal ultrasound, which can consider if the problem persists.
Chronic cough or chest pain
These conditions can be caused by leukemia and lung tumors. The chest pain that extended to the shoulder and down the arm occurs also in some patients who suffer from leukemia and lung tumors.
Ovarian cancer can cause pain and cramping in the pelvis, as well as the bloating. The pain in these areas can be also caused by leukemia, as it enlarges the spleen.
Pain in back or lower right side
If you experience pain in the back or lower right side that can be often an early sign of liver cancer. This sign can be also caused by the breast cancer because a breast tumor can press back into the chest or spread to the spine/ribs.
Colorectal cancer often causes stomach cramps or a frequently upset stomach.
How to Reduce Your Risk
– Take Vitamin D as a cancer prevention
– Keep your insulin levels down by reducing or eliminating processed food,
– Perform regular exercise, which keeps your body in good health and helps you to drive insulin levels down.
– Take foods with a carotenoid pigment (tomatoes and many berries and fruits) in order to lower prostate risk in men.
– Reduce exposure to toxins like household chemical cleaners, pesticides, air pollution and synthetic air fresheners
– Reduce long-term cell phone usage as it could be linked to brain tumors,
– Maintain healthy lifestyle by limiting your exposure to risks