Warning Signs of Cancer
One of the reasons cancer is a so
deadly disease is because it is, most of the times, diagnosed at advanced stages when the tumor is already very
aggressive. Being aggressive or metastatic, the cancer has full
control of the body, making treatment barely effective. In fact, most types of malignant tumor can be treated
and cured when diagnosed at a genesis stage. It is therefore very important to know to recognize warning
symptoms of cancer for a good prognosis.
There are certain warnings of malignant tumor that you
should not neglect. Although these signs do not undoubtedly mean one has cancer, they are often an indication
that the disease is growing in your body, and your system is telling you to take immediate
Here are some warning
signs of cancer to take seriously:
Bleeding or Discharge – any
bleeding or discharge does not necessarily mean you have cancer. For instance, kidney stones
or another form of urinary tract infection
can lead to blood in urine; hemorrhoids can cause blood in stool. However,
blood in urine or stools can be an indicator of a urinary tract or gastrointestinal cancer. Discharge from
any parts of your body - nipples, penis, vaginal, for instance, can be a response of your organism to the
development of a malignant tumor. Do not neglect them.
wound or sore that is getting
bigger, more painful, starting to bleed, or not getting better over time in spite of proper care should be considered a serious medical issue and treated by a
Breast or in Other Body’s Part - any visible
breast lump (or invisible lump found during a breast
self-exam), any lump
in the scrotum when doing a self-exam, or other lumps found on the body (the neck for instance)
can be the
of breast cancer. In fact,
see your physician immediately if you have asmall lumpthat is shiny, waxy, pale in color, and smooth in
Cough – lung cancer
often causes a persistent cough. Therefore, you need to seek for medical care if you experience change in voice
(hoarseness), cough that does not go away, or sputum with blood. Earlier a cancer is diagnosed the better is the
prognosis (survival rate); it is therefore important to see your health care provider as soon as you can if
you’re having any of these signs.
Bowel or Bladder Habits – you need to
see a health care provider if there is no change in your diet or lifestyle and suddenly realize changes in the
color, consistency, size, or shape of stools (diarrhea, constipation); or presence of blood in your urine or
stool. These are characteristics of gastro-intestinal and urinary tract cancers.
Change in Moles – to consider
a mole as a threat, you need to consider the ABCD RULE: - Asymmetry
- does the mole look the same in all parts or are there differences? Border - are the borders sharp or ragged? Color - What are the colors seen in the mole? Diameter - Is the mole bigger than a pencil eraser (6mm)?
Swallowing – you may
have a malignant tumor if you wake up one day and suddenly realize you have a feeling of pressure in throat or
chest which makes swallowing uncomfortable or difficult. In addition, any feeling full without food or with a
small amount of food can be a warning of cancer.
Cancer Signs and Symptoms
In addition, here is a list of symptoms for
various cancers of different parts of the body. Do not be alarmed if you are experiencing any of these
symptoms; they are not always cancer symptoms. These symptoms can also be a sign of a non-cancerous (benign)
disease; having any of them does not necessarily mean you have cancer.
Prostate Cancer can be characterized by:
Blood in urine or semen
Frequent need to urinate, especially
Difficulty starting urination or
holding back urine
Inability to urinate which can be
painful (burning urination)
Weak or interrupted flow of urine
Frequent pain or stiffness in the
lower back, hips, or upper thighs.
Colon Cancer can be characterized by:
or pelvic pain
weakness or fatigue
on the stool or in the toilet water
alternately with constipation
diarrhea or constipation
in the size, shape of the stool
Bladder Cancer can be characterized by:
of blood in the urine
or Burning urination
urge to urinate (urinary urgency).