We can easily say that cancer is one of the deadliest diseases today. While a healthy diet can decrease the risk of developing certain cancer, other factors like genes can play a larger role.
Once cancer spreads, it can be difficult to treat. Knowing early symptoms can help you seek early treatment to better your chances of remission.
Well, this means that you should not ignore these early warning signs and if you notice any of them, you should see your doctor immediately.
14 Warning Signs Cancer May Be Growing In Your Body
If you are concerned about any physiological changes that you notice in your body, seek the help of a medical professional for further evaluation, diagnosis, and early treatment.
1. A Lump Beneath The Skin That Feels Hard
Lumps in breast tissue are often first discovered by women and men who perform self-exams and feel their breast tissue regularly. Touching your own body and getting to know its usual feeling is a good way to be able to distinguish when you have a change as a warning sign.
Get comfortable with touching yourself regularly, especially on the breast, testicle, armpit, throat, abdomen, and skin. Self-examination of these soft tissues should help to discover changes before they develop into larger tumors.
2.Wounds That Do Not Heal
If you have a cut or other injury to the surface of your skin and it is taking a long time to heal or you notice little progress, it is a sign that cancer may be growing in your body.
Your immune system has to prioritize defense zones and cancer takes priority for all available bodily resources way before your minor wound. Take excellent care to keep the wound clean, and consider getting blood screening done just to be cautious.
Cancer is treated like a bacteria in the body by your immune system. Your white blood cells are mobilized to try to destroy it. Because of this, blood flow is increased in the area of a cancerous growth and the area may feel warm, appear red, change color, feel tight or itch.
4.Tongue Or Mouth Bumps
Bumps inside the mouth, gums or throat, especially whitish colored bumps should be a cause for concern.
5.Changes In Bowel Movements
Anything that seems different from your usual stool and that lasts for more than 2 days should begin to be a cause for concern. For example, finding blood in your stools is something that most people know is a sign of colon cancer and that they should seek the help of a medical professional immediately for evaluation.
Other changes you might look for according to the American Cancer Society would include pain during elimination, very dark colored stool, lighter color, constipation or diarrhea, or mucus.
Seek the examination and diagnosis of a trusted medical professional.
6.Trouble Swallowing, Indigestion Or Loss Of Appetite
Anything that significantly disrupts your digestive process is cause for concern because it hurts your body’s ability to get nutrition from the food that you eat. As a result, bodily functions, like healing, suffer.
7.Changes In Urination
Similarly to normal bowel functioning, your bladder function should be fairly regular. Changes in the strength of your urine flow, color, smell, presence of foam, or especially noticeable blood should be checked immediately for cancer growing in your body.
Cancer of the larynx can cause your voice to change pitch and tone. Changes in your voice are a sign that cancer may be growing in you body.
Unexplained bleeding that cannot be accounted for by a menstrual cycle should be checked quickly. Blood from the uterus, nipple, or in any bodily excretions should be examined.
A cancer may be growing inside your body in your lung, esophagus, throat and even stomach if you are experiencing coughing that is persistent and not a result of another illness.
11.Unexplained Weight Loss
Most people with cancer will lose weight at some point. 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.
Fever is very common with cancer, but it more often happens after cancer has spread from where it started. Almost all people with cancer will have fever at some time, especially if the cancer or its treatment affects the immune system. (This can make it harder for the body to fight infection.)
Less often, fever may be an early sign of cancer, such as blood cancers like leukemia or lymphoma.
Fatigue is extreme tiredness that doesn’t get better with rest. It may be an important symptom as cancer grows. But it may happen early in some cancers, like leukemia. Some colon or stomach cancers can cause blood loss that’s not obvious. This is another way cancer can cause fatigue.
The signs and symptoms listed above are the more common ones seen with cancer, but there are many others that are not listed here.
If you notice any major changes in the way your body works or the way you feel – especially if it lasts for a long time or gets worse – let a doctor know.
If it has nothing to do with cancer, the doctor can find out more about what’s going on and, if needed, treat it. If it is cancer, you’ll give yourself the chance to have it treated early, when treatment works best.