Minor symptoms we usually ignore could be the early signs and symptoms of cancer. Early detection helps big time. It makes the treatment much easier and more predictable. Please find below the early signs and symptoms of cancer that your body gives you. There is always a possibility you may have something less serious. Do not delay in consulting your doctor if the symptoms last for more than 2 weeks.
Lump beneath the skin that feels hard
Lumps in breast tissue are often first discovered by women (sometimes men) who perform self-examination and feel their breast tissue regularly. Touching your own body and getting to know its usual feeling is a good way to be able to distinguish when you have a change in the tissue.
Change on the skin
All the changes of the skin structure, warts, moles or pigmentation are the signs of skin cancer. Melanoma are one of the common forms of skin cancer and have symptoms like spots on the skin with an unusual color, sizes and shapes. The changes of the moles or warts should be noticed if they grow larger, grow hair or change their color and shapes. This sign appears as a result of declining number of platelets in the body. Platelets help to prevent bleeding. If they decrease, it will be shown on the skin with discoloration. When these sign appear, it is best to visit a doctor for a health checkup.
Unusual weight loss
Unusual weight loss is one of the early signs and symptoms of cancer. If you have lost weight seriously, about 4 or 5 kg within one month without doing any exercise or going on a diet, you should be vigilant. It can be a sign of any type of cancer.
This is a sign which most women face with. It can be caused by indigestion or something similar. However, if flatulence is unusual and not related to the menstrual cycle, you should pay attention. It may happen suddenly and lengthen about two or more weeks. Also flatulence may come with pain in the abdomen or pelvis. These signs can be symptoms of ovarian cancer.
Wounds that do not heal
If you have a cut or other injury to the surface of your skin and it is taking a long time to heal, or you notice little progress, it is a sign that cancer may be growing in your body. Your immune system has to prioritize defense zones and cancer takes priority for all available bodily resources way before your minor wound. Take care to keep the wound clean and consider getting blood test done just to be cautious. If you do not see improvement after 5 days, visit your doctor for guidance.
Itchy or irritable skin
Cancer is treated like bacteria in the body by the immune system. Your white blood cells are mobilized to try to destroy it. Because of this, blood flow is increased in the area of cancerous growth. The affected area may feel warm, appear red, change color, feel tight or itch.
Changes in urination
Similarly to normal bowel functioning, your bladder function should be fairly regular. Watch for below signs
- Changes in the strength of your urine flow
- Urine Color
- Strong smell
- Presence of foam
- Blood in the urine
If you see any of these signs, consult your doctor. After examination, they will either offer a diagnosis of a minor infection or refer you for additional testing for bladder or pancreatic cancer.