People often experience symptoms related to cancer when it is too late. That is why this disease takes so many lives. If people more commonly reported subtle symptoms, the treatment of cancer would be much easier. These are the most common symptoms of cancer ignored by many people.
Weight loss. Unexplained and sudden weight loss is an alarm that something is wrong with the metabolism. There is probably a pathological process which causes poor nutrition, loss of appetite, or poor absorption of the food. Weight loss is a very common feature of almost all cancers.
Chest Pain. Being a symptom with a very complex etiology, the chest pain is not easy to evaluate based on physical examination. It can be caused by heart disease, lung disease, esophagus disease, stomach hernia, as well as by psychiatric disorders. Every patient with chest pain should be examined properly in order to exclude cancer of the lungs and other organs in the chest cavity.
Persistent Cough. Persistent, long-term, non-productive cough, especially in the morning is the most common symptom in patients with lung cancer. However, do not get scared as chronic bronchitis and bronchial asthma come with it too. You should visit your doctor and perform a chest x-ray to see what pathology is causing your cough.
Fatigue. Chronic feeling of illness and fatigue may be related to cancer. The organism uses its defending forces to fight with the tumor, which creates the feeling of illness and weakness.
Skin Discoloration. If your skin changes color in some places, especially if you do not feel any sensations related to it, the skin cancer may be the cause. Melanoma usually appears as a brown or dark mole which then grows and becomes irregular in shape and color. Regularly check for malign alteration of the existing moles is recommended in all persons with more than 50 moles on the skin.
Lumps on The Skin. There are all kinds of lumps on the skin surface, and there is no easy way for you to determine if it is potentially a cancer or not. The most important thing is to check for growth and changes of the lump. If it increases in size and starts bleeding, you should contact your doctor in order to perform a detailed examination.
Abdominal pain. Similarly to chest pain, the abdominal pain can also be caused by numerous factors. Possible cancers that can cause abdominal pain include: stomach cancer, bowel cancer, pancreatic and liver cancer, lymphoma, leukemia, and even the ovarian cancer. Ultrasound imaging is the first diagnostic choice for abdominal organs check-up, and CT and MRI can follow.
Bleeding from Vagina. Bleeding from the vagina between periods is not normal. Although periods can come earlier or later than expected, it is recommended to visit the gynecologist if the irregularity continues. Furthermore, if the bleeding is associated with pelvic pain, cervical and uterine tumor must be excluded.
Breast Changes. Any lumps or asymmetry you notice in your chests is subject to further investigation. About 30-60 percent of women have the fibrocystic breast disease, which is the most common cause of these findings. However, this disease can progress and develop into the breast cancer. Mammography is a very accurate and convenient method for screening and prevention of breast cancer.
Changes in nails. Sudden changes to the fingernails may indicate several kinds of cancer. Brown or black streak or dots under the nail may indicate skin cancer. “Clubbing” or enlarged ends of fingers and curved nails may indicate lung cancer. Pale and white nails may be a symptom of liver cancer.