Recognizing signs of cancer is vital to catching it early and saving your life.
1. Lumps Beneath The Skin.
Persistent lumps or swelling in any part of your body should be taken seriously. That includes any lumps in the neck, armpit, stomach, groin, chest, breast or testicle. See your doctor to have it checked out.
2. Itchy Skin
The body treats cancer as bacteria and white blood cells attempt to destroy it. This is what causes the skin to feel warm, appear red and become itchy.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma. This nonmelanoma skin cancer may appear as a firm red nodule, a scaly growth that bleeds or develops a crust, or a sore that doesn’t heal. It most often occurs on the nose, forehead, ears, lower lip, hands, and other sun-exposed areas of the body.
3. Wounds That Don’t Heal
If you notice a cut or another type of skin injury takes a long time to heal this could be a sign cancer is growing in your body. The body has to prioritize what it is fighting and the cancer takes priority.
Pain is one way our bodies tell us that something is wrong. As we get older, it‘s more common to experience aches and pains. But if you have unexplained, ongoing pain, or pain that comes and goes, make an appointment to see your doctor.
4. Mouth Sores.
Persistent sores on the face, neck, or mouth that bleed easily and do not heal within 2 weeks. A soreness or feeling that something is caught in the back of the throat. Difficulty chewing or swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue. Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, or change in voice.
5. Rapid Weight Loss.
When you lose weight for no known reason, it’s called an unexplained weight loss. An unexplained weight loss of 10 pounds or more may be the first sign of cancer. This happens most often with cancers of the pancreas, stomach, esophagus (swallowing tube), or lung
6. Changes In Bowel Movements
Anything that appears out of the ordinary and last longer than 2 days could be a sign of something wrong. Finding blood in your stool could be a sign of colon cancer and should be evaluated by a medical professional.
Cancers such as colon cancer and stomach cancer can cause anemia through blood loss in the bowels, leading to anemia and fatigue.
7. Blader Function
Bladder function should be fairly normal when you are healthy. Changes in the color, flow, smell, presence of foam or blood should be checked right away.
8. Strange Bleeding.
Rectal bleeding, unexplained vaginal bleeding, coughing blood, even spots on the skin that bleed are all signs something is wrong. Go see a medical professional asap if you have any signs of strange bleeding.
9. Changes In Voice
If you notice you voice changing (the pitch or tone) or someone else notices it, make an appointment with a doctor.
10. Chronic Coughing
If you have had a persistent painful cough that will not go away or you cough up blood, this is a sign you should check with a doctor.
Listening closely to your body can provide you with some helpful hints on spotting diseases, like cancer. Signs and symptoms of cancer can be very small and easy to miss. It’s important to pay attention to aches and pains that last longer than usual or get worse with time. Recognizing these 7 signs that cancer maybe growing in your body can be vital to catching it early and saving your life. God bless your health!
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