According to the Cancer Organization in the United States, there are certain pains and symptoms that we tend to ignore that may indicate the presence of cancer.
There are signs and symptoms that can be noticed by someone else (a doctor, a loved one, etc.) warning us that something is wrong with our health. Some of these are mistaken for ‘unimportant’ things and ignored for precious time that can become the difference between life and death.
What kinds of signs or symptoms can cancer cause?
Because cancer can attack literally any part of the body, symptoms are very varied and receiving the right information and being in tune with your body can make a difference.
According to Cancer.org, catching cancer early increases people’s chances of continuing to live. For example, if a skin cancer is detected early, the patient has a 98% chance of surviving for at least 5 more years.
But to be more specific and not go through life worrying all the time, analyzing everything we feel with the fear that it could be cancer, there are certain symptoms and signs that you should NOT ignore, as a basic rule:
1. Unexplained weight loss
Most people with cancer lose weight at some point. It is important to keep in mind that we are referring to unexplained weight loss, that is, even when you have not made any changes to your diet or lifestyle, you lose at least 5 kilograms.
According to the organization against cancer, most cancers cause weight loss, but cancer of the pancreas, stomach, esophagus or lung, is the one that most attacks the weight of the affected person.
When cancer attacks a person’s body, it usually attacks the immune system, and this manifests itself in fever.
When we refer to fatigue we are talking about extreme and almost unjustifiable fatigue, since it does not dissipate no matter how much the person sleeps or rests. Although this symptom usually occurs when the cancer is a little advanced, in the case of leukemia, this symptom occurs early in the disease.
Pain is one of the clearest symptoms that something is wrong with our health, and they should not be ignored. For example, headaches that are persistent and do not go away may be indicating the presence of a brain tumor.
5. Changes in the skin
Not only skin cancer can show changes. Other types of cancer can cause:
Other changes in your body that you should be aware of
Changes in stool or urine.
Injuries that do not heal or that take too long to heal.
Appearance of white spots like patches in the mouth and / or tongue.
Unusual bleeding that is not related to your period for women.
The appearance of nodules in the breasts.
Poor digestion or discomfort or difficulty swallowing.
Changes in moles or spots on the skin. Cough that won’t go away.