Usually, the signs of cancer are too small to be recognized, so a person may miss them and can be completely unaware about them.
Some may even feel healthy until the doctor informs them they have cancer. So, recognizing the early cancer symptoms is essential for increasing your chances of survival.
These are ten early signs of cancer:
1. Constant coughs. If you are coughing constantly for a longer period of time, even if you are not smoking, talk to your doctor and make an X-ray as soon as possible to rule out the possibility of lung cancer.
2. Itching skin. A spot or sore that bleeds, itches, hurts and is crusty may be a symptom of skin cancer.
3. Changes in your voice. Your voice may be trying to tell you something, and if you see some drastic changes talk to your doctor to find out the right reason, which may be throat cancer. Early discovery of throat cancer can give you greater likelihood of treating it without extensive treatments.
4. Changes in the color and frequency of urination. One of the first symptoms of bladder cancer is blood in your urine, changed color to dark red, orange and pink. Another symptom is an increased urge for urination. But, this doesn’t mean that everyone with changed color and frequency will have bladder cancer, thus it’s best to consult your doctor.
5. Wounds that can’t heal. If you have a sore or wound that doesn’t heal over a longer period of time, it’s time to consult your doctor.
6. White lumps in your mouth or on the tongue. Constant lumps on your tongue, cheeks, lips, gums, and even palate may be a symptom of mouth cancer. They can be red, white or white-red.
7. Unexplained bleeding. Unexplained blood in your stool and urine, coughing blood, or vaginal bleeding (not counting periods) may be signs of various types of cancer. Urine blood can mean kidney or bladder cancer; blood in your stool- colon or rectal cancer; coughing blood may be a sign of lung cancer; and finally, vaginal bleeding- cervical cancer.
8. Changes in your stool. If you see some changes in your stool like looser and more frequent stool together with abdominal pain that last longer than 2 days, this might be a good reason to visit a doctor, to rule out your risk of bowel cancer.
9. Lumps underneath your skin. Among the first signs of soft tissue sarcoma are painless lumps under the skin of your legs, buttocks, arms, chest, hands, stomach or feet. If your lump becomes painful to the touch, grows larger and doesn’t go away, make an appointment with your doctor.
10. Problems swallowing or appetite loss. Usually, cancer treatment or advancer cancer can have an impact on the taste buds or decrease your appetite. You may also have difficulties chewing or swallowing.
If you experience any of these symptoms, consult your doctor right away to rule out the disease or discover it early on so you can increase your chances of survival.
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