When talking about the prevention of cancer, routine tests are not sufficient if you want to be on the safe side. What’s important is to listen to your body and notice when something’s different, unexplainable, and odd.
Therefore, take a look at some of these symptoms that are commonly overlooked:
Wheezing or shortness of breath
Frequent Fevers Or Infections
A sign associated with leukemia – a cancer of the blood cells that starts in the bone marrow. What leukemia does is it causes the marrow to produce abnormal white blood cells. This, in turn, stops your body’s infection-fighting capabilities.
It may be a symptom of esophageal or throat cancer. In some cases, it is considered as an early symptom of lung cancer.
Excessive bruising and bleeding which doesn’t stop
These symptoms show that there is something abnormal happening with the platelets and red blood cells, which could be an indicator of leukemia. With time, leukemia cells crowd out red blood cells and platelets, thus impairing the blood’s capability to carry oxygen and to clot.
Weakness and fatigue
Bloating or abdominal weight gain
Feeling Full And Unable To Eat
Another sign of ovarian can be having no appetite, feeling full and being unable to eat, even though you haven’t eaten for some time.
Pelvic and abdominal pain
Pain and cramps in the abdomen, in combination with bloating, may indicate ovarian cancer. Leukemia also causes abdominal pain, which occurs as a result of the enlarged spleen.
Rectal bleeding and blood in the stool
This is a common symptom of colorectal cancer. Consult your doctor if you notice blood in your stool, and schedule a colonoscopy as soon as possible.
Unexplained weight loss
This symptom usually points out to colon and other digestive cancers. Additionally, it could be a sign of cancer that has spread to the liver, affecting the appetite and the ability of the body to eliminate toxins.
Upset stomach or stomachache
Many women suffering from breast cancer have reported that prior to being diagnosed with breast cancer their nipples were flattened, inverted or turned sideways.
Unusually heavy and painful periods, or bleeding between periods
This is an early sign of endometrial or uterine cancer. Schedule a transvaginal ultrasound if your periods are heavier than usual.
A lot of patients with lung cancer report puffiness, swelling, or redness in the face. Hence, small cell lung tumors block the blood vessels in the chest, thus, preventing the blood from flowing freely from your head and face.
A sore or skin lump that doesn’t heal becomes crusty or bleeds easily
Changes in nails
You should also know that unexplained changes to the fingernails can be a sign of several types of cancer. Therefore a brown or black streak or dot under the nail can be skin cancer. Also, you need to know that the so-called “clubbing”, which is an enlargement of the ends of the fingers with nails that curve down over the tips, is usually a sign of lung cancer. In addition, you must know that white and pale nails are usually a sign of liver cancer.
Pain in the back and in the lower right side
This is an early sign of liver cancer. Back pain is a common symptom of breast cancer because tumors press the chest. The pain sometimes occurs when cancer reaches the spine or the ribs.