7 Early symptoms of c.a.n.c.e.r we should never ever ignore.
The human body is an extremely complex structure with millions of different functions. We can of course not keep track of everything that’s happening inside our body, good or bad.
But our body always gives us signs and hints whenever something in the system gets broken, altered or changed. The problem with us that we often tend to ignore these signs and just carry on with our lives thinking we have more “important” things to do.
While all of the symptoms below could very well be benign or unrelated to c.a.n.c.e.r, she suggests that they definitely be brought to the attention of your doctor.
1. A lump under your skin.
It’s often impossible to tell a benign cyst from a malignant tumor just by looking at it, so have any lumps on the breast, neck or genital areas checked out.
2. A wart or mole that changes in appearance.
Lesions that are asymmetric or changing in shape, color or size should be looked at by a doctor.
3. A significant change in bathroom habits.
This includes more frequent urination or always feeling like you have to go, or changes in your bowel habits (diarrhea or constipation) as well as blood in the stool or urine.
4. Difficulty swallowing.
This could be passed off as a throat infection or something similar. However, if it is not cured in spite of medications, seek help. It could be a sign of oesophageal or stomach c.a.n.c.e.r.
5. A sore that won’t heal.
Or one that heals and then bleeds again.
6. Unusual bleeding or discharge.
Talk to your doctor if you experience spontaneous nipple discharge or odorous vaginal discharge.
7. Chronic cough or hoarseness
— especially if you’re coughing up blood or also experience chest pain or shortness of breath: A long escalated cough is usually one of the symptoms of a lung diseases which may often lead to lung c.a.n.c.e.r.
If you experience any of these symptoms, be sure to log them in some way, so that you can have a thorough conversation with your doctor about how often symptoms occur and how long they’ve been happening.