As we all know, routine tests for cancer haven’t been fully optimized and aren’t as efficient in detecting the tumors in their early stage. Therefore, we must rely on our own body and the signals it sends us to notify us that something is wrong.
Down below are some of the most common symptoms that cancer is developing in your body that you must pay attention for and react immediately if you notice them:
- Shortness of breath
Patients with lung cancer report suffering from shortness of breath.
- Chronic cough and chest pain
Most cancer types such as lung tumors or leukemia have been known for causing a persistent cough along with chest pain, so never brush off these symptoms if they last for more than a month.
- Frequent fever or infections
Frequent infections and fevers are often a sign of a weak bone marrow and immune system, which often indicates leukemia.
- Difficulty swallowing
If you’re having a hard time swallowing while eating, it may be related to oesophageal or throat cancer.
- Swollen lymph nodes and lumps in the neck
Lumps in the neck and swollen lymph nodes can also be a symptom of changes or tumors in the lymphatic system, so immediately go to a doctor if noticed.
- Excessive bruising and bleeding that doesn’t stop
These two symptoms often come as a result of abnormal changes in the platelets and the red blood cells, which is another sign of leukemia, and if noticed, it must be examined.
- Weakness and fatigue
Never brush off a general fatigue, as it always indicates that something is wrong within your body. Whether it is a disease, a cancer or others, always go to a doctor if you experience fatigue.
- Bloating and abdominal weight gain
If you’re feeling bloated or have suddenly gained a significant amount of weight in the abdominal area, it could signify ovarian cancer.
- Feeling full and unable to eat
Feeling full and experiencing a loss of appetite is another symptom of ovarian cancer that should not be overlooked.
- Pelvic and abdominal pain
Experiencing sharp pain or cramps in the abdominal area, accompanied by bloating is one of the first symptoms of ovarian cancer or leukemia.
Other symptoms include:
- Sudden weight loss
- Upset stomach
- Blood in stool/Rectal bleeding
- Red, sore and swollen breast
- Nipple changes
- Irregular and heavy periods
- Face swelling
- A sore lump which doesn’t heal
- Nail changes
- Pain in the back and lower left side