Cancer is the kind of disease that will not let you know if it is present in your body or not. It can be diagnosed only in the later stages which could also be your final stages and once it reaches that extent, it gets really hard to treat it.
Those diagnosed with often feel a few symptoms, and they feel fine when they’re blindsided with a diagnosis. Signs and symptoms of cancer can be very small and easy to miss.
You need to be aware of these 10 signs that cancer might be growing in your body to catch it early and save your life.
1. A lump beneath the skin.
Lumps in the breast tissue are often found by women and men who often self-examine themselves by feeling the tissue regularly. Touching your own body and getting to know what is happening is a very good way to make out any changes that go on. Especially on the breast, testicle, armpit, throat, abdomen and skin.
2. Itchy skin
The body treats cancer cells as bacteria and the immune system fights it by using white blood cells to destroy it. This increases the blood flow in the area of cancerous growth, causing the area to feel warm, appear red and also itches. Hence, we need to keep a look out of such areas.
3. Wounds that don’t heal.
If you have a cut or a scraped skin or any other injury and it has been taking longer than usual to heal, then it is a definite sign that cancer is growing in your body.
The immune system will prioritize defense zones and cancer takes priority for all available bodily resources way before your minor wound. Take good care to keep the wound clean and consider getting a blood test done just to be careful.
4. Bumps on the mouth or tongue.
If you find bumps inside the mouth, gums or throat, especially whitish colored bumps then it should be a cause of concern.
5. Trouble swallowing or loss of appetite
Anything that disrupts your digestive process is a cause of concern because it prevents your body to be able to get the nutrition from the food that you eat. Which is why, healing function in your body will get disrupted.
6. Change in bowel movements.
Any changes in your stool that last for 2 or more days should be a cause for concern. For example, finding blood in your stool is one of the most popular sign that people know of. This sign actually points to colon cancer and that they should seek medical help immediately.
Other changes you would want to look out for according to the American Cancer Society would include pain during elimination, very dark colored stool, lighter color, constipation or diarrhea, or mucus.
7. Changes in urination
Since your bowel functions should be normal, your bladder functions also need to be fairly regular.
Changes in the strength of your urine flow, color, smell, the presence of foam, or especially noticeable blood should be a cause of concern and must be immediately looked out by a doctor.
Bleeding apart from your menstrual cycle that cannot be explained should be checked. Blood from uterus, nipples or in any bodily excretions should be examined.
9. Changes in voice
Cancer of larynx can cause changes in the pitch and tone of your voice. So you need to be on a look out for this as well.
Cancer may be growing inside your lungs, throat and even stomach. If you are experiencing coughing that is persistent and not a result of another illness then you need to get it checked.