Symptoms of Cancer
A sign is something we all try to catch, such as fevers, heavy breathing, fatigue, weakness and pain.
Experiencing these symptoms can signal that somethings wrong.
Recognizing these indicators could lead to an earlier diagnosis and possibly a better outlook.
As cancer grows, it pushes onto nearest organs, nerves, and blood vessels, which can cause signs and symptoms. Even the smallest tumors can cause symptoms in certain organs, such as the brain.
If your cancer spreads, or metastasizes, you may notice symptoms in different parts of your body.
Another reason your body may experience symptoms is that cancer cells use up a lot of your body’s energy. They also cause changes in how your immune system works.
Although all cases are different, some general signs and symptoms of cancer include:
- Unexplained weight loss of 10 pounds or more may be one of the first signs of cancer. Weight loss is common in people who have pancreatic, stomach, esophageal, or lung cancer, but can also occur with any type of cancer.
- Fevers frequently happens when a cancer has penetrated. Night sweats often convoy the fevers. Almost all people with cancer will experience a fever at some point.
- Feeling extremely tired can be a symptom of cancer in your body.
- A lump or thickening of skin can be an early or late sign of cancer. People with cancers in the breast, lymph nodes, soft tissues, and testicles mostly have lumps.
- Yellowing, darkening, or redness of the skin can signal cancer. Also, sores that don’t heal should be checked out. Additionally, moles, freckles, or warts that change in color, shape, or size could be a sign of skin cancer.
- Most of the time, pain happens because the cancer has already spread in your body. But pain may be an early symptom of bone cancer or testicular cancer. Back pain is common in people with colon, rectal, pancreatic, or ovarian cancer. Those with brain tumors often complain of a headache that doesn’t go away.
Bowel or bladder function changes:
- Constipation, diarrhea, and other bowel issues may be a sign of colon cancer. People with bladder and prostate cancer may report pain during urination, blood in the urine, or other bladder-function changes.
- A cough that doesn’t go away or a hoarse voice may be a sign of lung cancer, cancer of the larynx cancer, or thyroid cancer.
- Indigestion or problems swallowing can be a sign of stomach cancer, esophageal cancer, or throat cancer.
- Unusual bleeding is associated with many different cancers. Coughing up blood may signal lung cancer. Bloody stools could be a sign of colon or rectal cancer. Women with cervical cancer or endometrial cancer may experience abnormal vaginal bleeding. Blood in the urine could mean you have bladder cancer or kidney cancer. Bloody discharge from a woman’s nipple might indicate breast cancer.
Changes in the mouth:
- White patches inside your mouth or on your tongue could be precancers that can turn into oral cancer. Sores, bleeding, or numbness in the mouth may also be a sign of certain cancers.
- Sometimes, enlarged lymph nodes can signal cancer. You should have your doctor check it out if your gland remains swollen for three to four weeks.
Out of breath:
- Constantly feeling out of breath may be a sign of certain cancers.
Most of the time, these symptoms aren’t caused by cancer. A benign tumor or other problems may be the doing. But you shouldn’t ignore symptoms that are persistent, severe, or don’t go away. Identifying symptoms can help you and your doctor detect your cancer earlier. This is important because the sooner cancer is found, the better your prognosis.
Ask your doctor if you should have any special tests. If you have a family history of a certain cancer or have been exposed to specific risk factors your physician may perform more-aggressive testing.