What makes cancer so difficult to treat is the fact that it typically doesn’t give any signs in its early stages. In fact, most types of this life-threatening disease are only detected when the cancer has reached its later stages making successful treatment almost impossible.
In this article we want to raise awareness of how to recognize the signs of cancer as this is critical for saving your life. These are the most common sings of cancer you should never take for granted:
Lump beneath the skin – you can easily discover lumps with regular self-examination. The most critical areas include breasts, testicles, armpits, throat, abdomen, and other soft tissues. A good way to tell whether a change has occurred on your body is by touching these areas and detecting any unusual feeling. Doing self-examinations on a regular basis can help you catch early changes on your body before they develop into larger tumors.
Changes in bowel movement – any change in your stool, such as blood, pain during elimination, lighter or darker stool color, constipation or diarrhea, or mucus, that goes on for more than 2 days is a red alert to see a doctor. These changes are often indicators of colorectal cancers.
Loss of appetite or trouble swallowing – any digestive discomfort is something to discuss with a doctor as it inhibits the absorption of nutrients inside your body.
Bumps on the mouth or tongue – white-colored bumps that occur inside the mouth, gums, and throat need immediate medical attention.
Bleeding – any bleeding outside your menstrual cycle is a cause of concern. Also, blood from the nipples, uterus, or other bodily excretions need to be discussed with a doctor without delay.
Coughing – if you put colds and flu aside, coughing can also be caused by cancer that grows in the lungs, esophagus, throat, and even stomach.
Wounds that do not heal – if common cuts or wounds take too long to heal, it could be a sign of cancer as the immune system prioritizes the defense zones and cancer is priority for all available bodily resources before the wound. Blood screening is highly recommended in such cases.
Changes in voice – larynx cancer can often cause the pitch and tone of your voice to change.
Changes in urination – as with changes in the stool, any change regarding your urine color, smell or flow is also a cause of concern.
Itchy skin – as the body treats cancer as bacteria, the immune system responds by using the white blood cells to destroy it. That’s why blood circulation increases in the area where cancer cells are growing, causing the skin to feel warm, tight, itchy, and turn red or change color.