Cancer Symptoms

Cancer is the “C” word that nobody wants to hear. Despite the fact that we have spent nearly $500 billion on cancer research since the mid-70’s, it remains a battle that we still wage on nearly all fronts.

Early detection is the key, however, so make sure you are aware of the warning signs listed below, along with others. If you notice something unusual, talk to your doctor right away, even if it’s just for peace of mind.

 

  1. A Bloody Cough:

    A nagging cough could be a sign of something as simple as a cold or allergies, but if you’ve had a cough that won’t go away for over a month, get it checked out. This counts double if you have noticed any unusual-looking phlegm, such as mucus with blood in it. While it might be nothing, it could also be a sign of head, neck, or lunch cancer.

 

  1. Bloody Stool:

    A doctor will be able to give you a definitive judgment on whether or not the blood in your stool is possible hemorrhoids or colon cancer (or both). Either way, it’s most likely painful, so head to your nearest general practitioner for treatment.

 

  1. Unexpected Anemia:

    Anemia is a condition in which the blood count for your body is unusually low. There are many issues that may cause anemia, such as an iron deficiency, but if there are no recent issues that could cause it, it could also be an early sign of stomach cancer.

 

  1. Lump in Breast:

    One of the hallmarks of breast cancer is the detection of an unusual lump in the breast area, big or small. In some cases, this could be nothing more than a polyp or non-lethal tumor, but it’s a good idea to get it checked out regardless. Even if you receive a negative x-ray, take heart; while x-rays are fantastic at seeing if something’s there, it’s not always able to detect what it is.

 

  1. Strange Urination:

    For men, an early symptom of potential breast cancer is a change in urination, whether it’s a weak stream or small amounts of urine at a time. It may just be a bladder infection, however, in which case, you’ll just need some antibiotics to treat it and everything should return to normal.

 

  1. Difficulty Swallowing:

    This is most commonly found in elderly people who may not have as much control over their muscles as they used to, but difficulty swallowing could also be a symptom of esophageal cancer. Since nutrition is so important regardless, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor about other ways to introduce food into your diet.

 

  1. Unexplained Weight Loss or Night Sweats:

    If you’ve started sweating uncontrollably at night or have started losing weight at an alarming pace, check with your doctor about possible signs of cancer since both of those symptoms have been known to affect sleep and sweat glands.