Play it smart if you notice anything that could be a symptom of cancer. Talk to your doctor and get it checked out. In general, the disease is easier to treat when you spot it early.
How can you know something's not quite right? Watch for these warning signs.
Many conditions, from depression to the flu, can make you feel less hungry. Cancer can have this effect by changing your metabolism, the process your body uses to turn food into energy.
Stomach, pancreatic, colon, and ovarian cancers also can put pressure on your stomach and make you feel too full to eat.
Cancers can bleed, but so can a bunch of other things, like ulcers, hemorrhoids, infections, or a sore. When you see red in your poop, the blood is often from somewhere in your "GI tract," meaning your esophagus, stomach, or intestines.
One way to tell where the blood is coming from is by how light or dark it looks. Bright red could mean the bleeding is in your rectum or the end of your intestines. A darker color means it may be from higher up, like a stomach ulcer.
No matter what the cause, blood in your stool needs to be checked out. You may need a colonoscopy or other tests to find the problem.
When it shows up in your pee, it could be a warning sign of a problem in your urinary tract. Kidney or bladder cancer can cause this symptom, but it could also be due to an infection, kidney stones, or kidney disease.
A cold or the flu can make you hack away, but it's also a potential symptom of lung cancer, along with red flags like chest pain, weight loss, hoarseness, fatigue, and shortness of breath. See your doctor if you can't seem to shake it, especially if you're a smoker.
It's one of the most common cancer symptoms. We're not talking about a normal type of tiredness here. It's exhaustion that doesn't go away. If changing your activity level or getting more sleep doesn't make you perk up, see your doctor.
When your temperature goes up, it's usually a sign you've caught an infection. But some cancers, including lymphoma, leukemia, and kidney and liver cancers, can also make that happen.
Cancer fevers often rise and fall during the day, and sometimes they peak at the same time. See your doctor if you have a temperature of over 100.5 degrees F that lasts for more than a few days.
It could be an infection, but it's also an early warning of mouth, throat, thyroid, and voice box (larynx) cancers.
If you have one that doesn't go away or grows, see your doctor.
In middle-aged women, it can be a symptom of menopause, but it's also a symptom of cancer, or an infection.
A telltale sign of skin cancer is a growth that starts to look different or a sore that doesn't heal. See a dermatologist for any spot that:
Lumps in the side of your neck are most likely from strep throat or another infection. Less often, cancers like lymphoma or leukemia can make the lymph nodes swell up.
Breast cancer that has spread can cause swelling in lymph nodes under the arms. If the swelling doesn't go away in a week or so, have your doctor take a look.
A feeling like there's a lump in your throat is a common symptom of heartburn. Less often, when you find it hard to swallow it can signal cancer of the esophagus. If the feeling doesn't let up or it gets worse, see your doctor.
Up to 40% of people who are diagnosed with cancer have lost weight. There's no obvious cause. Get any unexplained weight loss checked out.
A pink, brown, or red tinge to your pee or semen is usually nothing to panic over. Infections, kidney stones, injuries, and benign prostate growth can all cause bleeding.
Less often, bladder or prostate cancer might be to blame. Your doctor can do urine tests and other exams to find the source of the blood.
painless one is a possible warning sign of testicular cancer. Yet the bump could also be from an injury, infection, or hernia. It's hard to tell the cause from your symptoms alone, so go to your doctor for an exam.
If it hurts when you pee or have an orgasm, you might have an infection or swelling of your prostate gland or urethra. Less often, these symptoms can be due to prostate cancer. If the pain doesn't improve, have your doctor take a look.
Although it's a hallmark symptom of breast cancer, most lumps aren't cancer. They're often cysts or noncancerous tumors.
Still, see your doctor right away if you find any new or changing growths in your breasts, just to make sure.
Also get checked for any of these changes:
Bleeding from the vagina during a woman's reproductive years is usually her monthly period. When it happens after menopause or outside of normal periods, cervical or endometrial cancer is a possibility. Call your doctor if you have any bleeding that's unusual for you.Source : www.webmd.com/cancer