Although routine tests are good as a precautionary measure, you should not rely only on these tests in order to protect yourself from cancer.
Medical experts advise that is extremely important to see what your body is trying to say. So, in case you notice anything that is different than usual, odd or unexplainable you should visit your doctor.
Below you can read about 20 symptoms that often are overlooked:
Frequent fevers or infections
In many cases, these are signs of leukemia – cancer of the blood cells that starts in the bone marrow. To be more precise, leukemia causes the marrow to produce abnormal white blood cells, sapping your body’s infection – fighting capabilities.
Wheezing or shortness of breath
Inability to catch their breath is one of the first signs of lung cancer. Namely, patients remember to experience difficulties with breathing.
Very often trouble with swallowing is associated with esophageal or throat cancer, and in some cases it is one of the first signs of lung cancer.
Chronic cough or chest pain
Leukemia and lung tumors, but also another types of cancer, can cause symptoms that mimic a bad cough or bronchitis. Often patients with lung cancer report chest pain that extends up into the shoulder or down the arm.
Swollen lymph nodes or lumps on the neck, underarm, or groin
In case you notice changes in lymphatic system, be aware that enlarged lymph nodes indicate those changes which can be a sign of cancer.
Rectal bleeding or blood in stool
This is the most common symptom of colorectal cancer. If you notice blood in the toilet alone you should visit your doctor and schedule a colonoscopy.
Bloating or abdominal weight gain
Majority women diagnosed with ovarian cancer experienced unexplained abdominal bloating that came on fairly suddenly that last for long period of time.
Unexplained weight loss
Unplanned weight loss is early sign of colon and other digestive cancers. In some cases it is sign of cancer that is already spread to the liver, affecting your appetite and the ability of your body to rid itself of wastes.
Excessive bruising or bleeding that doesn’t stop
The above mentioned symptom indicates that something abnormal is happening with the platelets and red blood cells. That actually can be a sign of leukemia. Over time, leukemia cells crowd out red blood cells and platelets, impairing your blood’s ability to carry oxygen and clot.
Weakness and fatigue
Fatigue and weakness actually are symptoms of many different types of cancer and you’ll need to look at it in combination with other symptoms. In case you feel exhausted without explanation and nothing is changing although you are getting more sleep, talk to your doctor.
Feeling full and unable to eat
In most cases, this is sign of ovarian cancer. Women explain that they have no appetite and can’t eat, although they haven’t eaten for some time.
Pelvic or abdominal pain
Pain and cramping in the pelvis and abdomen along with bloating often indicates ovarian cancer.
Upset stomach or stomachache
It you have issues with stomach cramps or frequent upset stomachs that may indicate colorectal cancer.
A red, sore, or swollen breast
These are the most common symptoms that indicate inflammatory breast cancer. Call your doctor if you notice any unexplained changes to your breasts.
Pain in the back or lower right side
Many patients that have liver cancer say that this type of pain is one of the first signs. Another type of cancer is breast cancer which also often is diagnosed via back pain, which can occur when a breast tumor presses backward into the chest, or when the cancer spreads to the spine or ribs.
Women that are diagnosed with breast cancer remember that changes in the nipples are one of the most common changes they have noticed. Namely, it you notice that your nipple began to appear flattened, inverted or turned sideways, visit your doctor.
Changes in nails
If you notice any unexplained changes to the fingernails, you should be aware that it may be a sign of several types of cancer. To be more precise, brown or black streak or dot under the nail can indicate skin cancer, while newly discovered “clubbing”- enlargement of the ends of the fingers with nails that curve down over the tips – may be a sign of lung cancer. Pale or white nails in some cases are sign of liver cancer.
Unusually heavy or painful periods or bleeding between periods
You should ask for a transvaginal ultrasound if you suspect something more than routine heavy periods. Majority women report this as the tip – off to endometrial or uterine cancer.
Swelling of facial features
In some cases, patients with lung cancer remember that experienced puffiness, swelling, or redness in the face. The explanation is that the small cell lung tumors commonly block blood vessels in the chest, preventing blood from flowing freely from your head and face.
A sore or skin lump that doesn’t heal, becomes crusty, or bleeds easily
You should check your skin all over your body for any odd – looking growths or spots. There are different types of skin cancer – melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.