Cancer is the most common disease of our time. This devastating illness can even appear without showing any symptom and people aren`t always aware of the presence until they are diagnosed. The symptoms can either be very obvious or very well hidden and hard to detect.
These are the 10 most common signs that indicate the presence of cancer in the body. It is of crucial importance not to ignore them and to consult your doctor if you notice any of them.
The body treats the cancer cells as bacteria. The immune system uses the white blood cells to destroy the cancer cells. If there is cancer, the blood flow will be increased and the area will become tight, itchy, warm and red.
2-Lumps on the skin
First of all, we all need to know our body in order to be able to notice the changes. People often discover lumps by self-examinations of the body. These self-examinations are very helpful and they need to be done often. You need to consult your doctor as soon as you notice any changes on the armpits, abdomen, skin, breasts or throat in order to prevent the formation of tumors.
3-Bupms on the tongue or in the mouth
If you notice bumps on the throat, in the mouth or on the gums go see your doctor immediately.
4-Wounds that won`t heal
Another sign of cancer is the very long time for injuries and cuts to heal. If you have open wounds make sure to keep them clean all the time and if they don’t heal do complete blood analysis to make sure that this is not caused by cancer.
5-Changes in the bowel movements
If you notice any changes in the stool and these changes last for more than couple of days you need to consult your doctor. Blood in the stool can be a sign of colon cancer, so you need to be examined right away. Other changes that are very common and that also need to be checked as soon as possible are constipation, mucus, diarrhea, pain or very light or very dark stool color.
6-Loss of appetite and difficulty swallowing
When the process of digestion is in any way disrupted the body doesn’t get all the nutrients that it needs from the food. This makes all the other functions of the body not to work properly.
If you are bleeding between menstrual cycles you need to consult your doctor immediately. Bleeding from any part of the body, uterus or nipples is serious and should be examined immediately.
8-Changes in the urination
Changes in the urination can also be sign of presence of cancer. The bladder needs to function perfectly as any other organ in the body, so consult your doctor if you notice changes like presence of blood or foam in the urine and changes in the flow, color and smell of the urine.
Constant cough that isn’t caused by flu or cold can be a sign of esophagus, stomach, lung or throat cancer.
Changes in the voice like changes in the pitch or tone of the voice can be signs of larynx cancer.
It is very important to learn to recognize the changes in the body and to act immediately if you notice any of these signs.