Cancer is something extremely common in this day and age and yet aside from random lumps, most people don’t know the signs or symptoms associated with it. I cannot think of a single person who has not been impacted by cancer in one way or another and to be honest, it is shocking.
According to Cancer.Gov, at least 1,735,350 new cases will be diagnosed this year and at least 600,000 people will lose their lives to the disease. While the most common cancers are breast, lung, and prostate we can basically get cancer anywhere.
Knowing the signs and symptoms associated with cancer and spotting it as soon as possible will make a huge difference for you and those who care for you. Below I am going to go over some of the things you should be paying attention to. Even some of the most insignificant thing can turn out to be a huge red flag.
Commonly Ignored Cancer Signs and Symptoms:
Weight loss and cancer seem to go hand in hand. If you randomly lose ten pounds for no reason you might want to have it looked into. This happens most often with pancreatic or stomach cancers.
This could come in the form of any change diarrhea, constipation, or even just a change in the size of your stool. Colon cancer is a lot more common than you think and that minor issue you’re having with your bowel movements could be something major. It never hurts to be on the safe side and get checked.
Indigestion or trouble swallowing could be a sign that you have esophageal cancer or something along those lines. While we all go through our heartburn moments if it won’t go away you should get it checked out. Give it a couple of days and if you don’t notice change see a doctor.
4. Persistent Bloating
Sure, sometimes we get bloated but if you’ve been bloated and stayed bloated for awhile you should see your doctor. There has to be a driving force behind it and that driving force is better identified sooner than later. We don’t often think anything of being bloated but it can be caused by some very serious issues.
This too could have something to do with esophageal cancer. If you are struggling with hoarseness you should see someone about it. While you might think it will go away in a few days those few days can turn into a few weeks quickly.
6. Skin Changes
This could be a wide range of things from darkening skin to even excessive hair growth. Pay attention to your body. You know when it goes through changes. Those changes are worth mentioning to your doctor.