Cancer is a nasty thing to deal with. On the one hand, it is one of the most difficult diseases to treat that exist, but on the other hand, anything can cause it nowadays. Because of all the chemicals that exist in most foods and drinks today, humans are more predisposed to cancer than ever before. Moreover, the cancer rate skyrocketed in the past few years and women seem to be the most affected ones.
Considering these, it is no wonder that people are scared of cancer. However, as scary as this illness may be, it comes with a series of symptoms which, if identified early on can save a person from death. Cancer is beatable, even if most times it does not feel this way.
Here are some symptoms you should look out for:
If you start to lose weight very fast and without doing it on purpose (e.g. trying to lose weight), this is your body telling you that something is not right. If you have the same diet as before, yet you continue to lose weight, you should visit a doctor. Of course losing weight is not a direct symptom of cancer, but it is a way for your body to tell you that something is wrong and that you should go to a doctor immediately. The types of cancers that cause unexplained sudden weight loss are pancreatic, stomach, esophagus and lung cancer.
Fever is a symptom of blood cancers most of the time, two of the most widely known ones being leukemia and lymphoma. However, fever is not an early symptom. It does not appear when cancer first starts its reign of power in your body, but rather after it has begun spreading somewhere else from the place it initially began. If you experience a heavy fever, you need to visit your doctor immediately.
Extreme and sudden pain that does not go away after taking the required medicine is a sign of a brain tumor or of a type of bone cancer. Like the previous symptoms described here, pain may be one that appears after cancer has moved to another part of the body, which is worrisome. If you experience this type of pain, especially in the form of a headache, you need to visit the doctor as soon as possible.
Breast cancer is every woman’s nightmare and considering how many lives it takes every year, it is no wonder. Celebrities such as Angelina Jolie have made this diseases even more frightening by removing their breasts altogether in order to avoid catching it. The main symptom of breast cancer though is the development of lumps in the breast. By doing a simple checkup to see whether there are any lumps in either one of your breasts, you can detect it early on and start the treatment.
This does not stop with breast cancer though. Many types of cancer can be detected through the lumps they develop under the skin. If you notice any kind of lumps in any part of your body, go to a doctor because chances are, it is cancer.
Any kind of mole or skin change
Skin changes are very often a symptom of skin cancers. A change in a mole’s size, color or just the appearance of new moles is a huge alarm. Skin cancers are the most visible cancers because their symptoms can be easily seen on the surface of the skin. If you notice any redness, new mole or change in a mole you had for a very long time, you need to go to the doctor immediately.
So, if you notice any changes in your skin, if you lose a lot of weight at once over short periods of time or if you notice any kind of lumps underneath your skin, you must visit a doctor as soon as possible. Cancer is not a disease you can play with and catching it early on means you have time to prepare and beat it!