Some types of cancer are manifested through specific symptoms, but there are signs,which are common to many of them. Of course, if you experience any of these symptoms, it does not mean that you have cancer, but in any case you should consult your doctor and be examined.
Strange constant pain in the abdomen, a strange mass or feeling of extreme weariness… Symptoms of many types of cancer can be similar to the common cold. And if separately they seem insignificant, the presence of several of them could indicate cancer.
Warning Signs of Cancer in Men
Symptoms of many types of cancer, such as prostate cancer, for example, cannot be seen in the early stages.
If you are in a high-risk group for the development of prostate cancer, if this disease runs in your family, you should undergo a special test for the measuring of PSA — prostate specific antigen. High levels of PSA may indicate cancer.
The nonspecific symptoms of prostate cancer may include:
- Pain in the bones;
- Swelling of the feet;
- Problems with urination.
You should beware if there are sudden difficulties with urination such as a weak stream of urine or if there is difficulty in passing urine. These signs do not necessarily indicate cancer. For example, the reason could be prostatitis. However, it is necessary to do the medical examination.
Warning Signs of Cancer in Women
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women. If you find an unusual lump in your breast, you should definitely consult a mammologist. It may be necessary to carry out mammograms or other tests needed for breasts diagnostics.
Common Signs of Cancer: Pain
The most common symptom that makes people consult a doctor is pain, unusual, inexplicable sensation of pain.
However, not every pain could indicate cancer. We face with pain quite often during our lives. But how to distinguish “normal” pain from the pain caused by cancer? First and foremost, you need to be wary if the pain is either more powerful or more constant than usual.
Other signs that indicate that cancer cells cause this pain:
- The pain cannot be attributed to something specific, such as an injury or a sprain;
- The pain is constantly present, and does not weaken;
- It is strong;
- It disrupts sleep;
- It is combined with other symptoms
Fatigue and Weight Loss
The feeling of constant fatigue without a specific cause (you t get enough sleep, you are not sick, not tired out) is another sign that cancer may manifest itself. This fatigue is similar to fatigue, which happens when the flu or a common cold occurs, but without other flu-like symptoms.
As for weight loss, when you lose weight too quickly and effortlessly, it is also a warning sign. Too fast or too easy weight loss can be a symptom of cancer.
Most Important: Put It All Together
Separately these symptoms are difficult to notice, and they cause concern rarely. But if you notice several of these symptoms, such as weight loss, weariness or unusual pain, you should immediately consult a doctor.
However, there is no need to panic on every occasion, but you need to listen to your body. And if you listen carefully and discover the little signs of cancer in the early stages, it will help to prevent its development.