Other than a lifestyle and diet that minimizes your likelihood of cancer, one of the most important things you can do is to educate yourself on the early warning signs of cancer. This is particularly important if you have any history of cancer in your family and you are at risk. Catching cancer in its early stages is essential to successful treatment and recovery. See your doctor regularly and let him or her know if you notice any of the following symptoms.
Unusual changes. It is important that you do not dismiss any abnormal signs as "probably nothing." These little signs could signal that you should see your doctor so that there is also a medical professional keeping an eye on any changes in moles, lumps, bladder or bowel routine, appetite, difficulty swallowing or persistent coughing.
Pain. You may attribute pain to aging or to another health condition. For example, ongoing bone aching could be assumed to be worsening arthritis or osteoporosis, or you might think your days-long headaches are due to stress. However, pain can be an early sign of certain cancers (testicular and bone) as well as a sign of more developed cancers that have gone undetected. Always make your doctor aware of any new or ongoing pain.
Fatigue. When you are getting adequate hours of sleep and resting and still feel consistently tired, this is not normal. Leukemia is a cancer that is often signalled by fatigue. Your drop in energy could also be from stomach cancer, colon cancer, or unexpected weight loss, which is another common sign of cancer.
Sores and skin. If you have a sore that bleeds or doesn't heal, see your doctor right away to test for skin cancer. If you smoke or drink alcohol, watch for sores in your mouth. Other than sores, also watch for new moles or moles that are getting larger or changing color. Other cancers besides skin cancer may show up in your skin as well. Kidney, ovarian or liver cancer may cause symptoms that include rashes, itchiness, unusual hair growth, or discolored skin.
These are some frequent symptoms of cancer, but of course you should be sure to see your doctor with anything that looks or feels different with your body. We hope the points from this article have been informative, and that you feel more knowledgeable about how to live a healthier life that will lower your cancer risk.