The cancer is a dreaded disease that is the worst nightmare of all. Early detection is extremely vital for the successful treatment of most cancers. Let’s look at some of the first signs and symptoms that indicate that cancer may be growing in our bodies. The sooner we detect these signs of cancer, the better our chances of overcoming it.
1. Bumps Under the Skin:
Any new lump in the body could be indicative of cancer. But to recognize these lumps, you must feel comfortable touching your body and knowing what is normal and what is out of the ordinary. Many times, lumps in breast tissue are recognized by women and men who perform self-examination and feel the breast tissue on a regular basis. It is a good idea to touch and examine your body regularly, especially in and around the breasts, testicles, armpits, throat, abdomen and skin. Regular examination of these areas will help you detect any abnormal tumors before you have the chance to enlarge.
2. Itchy Skin:
Our body’s immune system treats cancer as if it were a bacterium that invades the system, as a result of which white blood cells are sent to the site to destroy the new participant. This increases blood flow to the area making it appear hot, red, changing color, burning or itchy. Any unusual itching that you notice without a reason or rash needs to be examined by your doctor.
3. Wounds that Do Not Heal:
Any wound, injury or cut on the surface of your skin that is taking longer to heal and you are noticing any progress on it, should be a sign to sit down and take note, as it could be a sign of cancer growing in your body. The reason why this happens is because your immune system has prioritized cancer growth in the system and is using all available resources to manage it before you can do something with the minor wound you have. In case you notice a wound that is not healing, keep it clean and visit your GP to rule out anything else serious.
4. Bumps on the Tongue or Inside the Mouth:
Any lump inside the mouth, gums or throat, especially if they are white, should be a cause for concern. They may not be anything in all likelihood, but it is better to err on the side of caution and have them examined by your doctor.
5. Loss of Appetite or Difficulty Swallowing:
Any change in your digestive system or an alteration of any kind should be cause for concern, as it disrupts the body’s ability to obtain nutrition and manage processes such as healing.
“If you experience a sudden and unexplained loss of appetite, you need to talk with your doctor about it”.
6. Any Change in Bowel Movements:
Anything unusual in your bowel movements that lasts more than two days should be cause for concern. If you find blood in your stool, you notice changes in the color of the stool such as your stool looks darker or lighter in appearance, you experience pain when you remove them, you are constipated, you have diarrhea or you find mucus in your stool, you need to visit your doctor and discard certain things. Some of these symptoms are indicative of colon cancer and need immediate medical examination and treatment.
7. Any Change in Urination:
As with bowel movements, any abnormal changes you notice in the functioning of your bladder should be a cause for concern. Any change in the flow, quantity, color, smell, presence of foam or notable blood should be reported to your doctor and checked for the presence of cancer in the body.
8. Unexplained Bleeding:
Any bleeding that is not explained and that is not during your usual menstrual cycle needs to be checked and any blood from the uterus, nipple or any body excretion needs to be examined by a doctor.
9. A Change in the Volume and Tone of Your Voice:
Any type of change in your voice, such as changes in volume or tone, when not accompanied by a throat infection or a sore throat, may be indicative of laryngeal cancer, and needs to be examined by your doctor.
10. Unexplained Cough:
Cough that can be attributed to a flu or other upper respiratory tract infection is quite harmless. But if you experience a persistent cough that is not the result of some other disease, a cancer may be growing inside your body, be it in your lung, esophagus, throat or stomach.