Here are some signs that people very often overlook:
1. Wheezing or shortness of breath
This is one of the first signs that cancer is growing in your body. Many lung cancer patients remember noticing it as they were unable to catch their breath.
2. Chronic cough or chest pain
Leukemia and lung tumors as well as several other types of cancer can cause symptoms that mimic a bad cough or bronchitis. Some lung cancer patients also claim that they experienced chest pain that extends up into the shoulder or down the arm.
3. Frequent fevers or infections
These can be signs that cancer is growing in your body, especially leukemia, a cancer of the blood cells which starts in the bone marrow. Leukemia is a type of cancer which causes the marrow to produce abnormal white blood cells, sapping your body’s infection-fighting capabilities.
4. Difficulty swallowing
This symptom is most commonly associated with esophageal or throat cancer. It is also one of the first signs of lung cancer.
5. Swollen lymph nodes or lumps on the neck, underarm, or groin
Enlarged lymph nodes signify that there are some changes in your lymphatic system, which can be a sign that cancer is growing in your body.
6. Excessive bruising or bleeding that doesn’t stop
This symptom usually suggests something abnormal happening with the platelets and red blood cells, which can be a sign of leukemia. Leukemia cells crowd out red blood cells and platelets, impairing your blood’s ability to carry oxygen and clot.
7. Weakness and fatigue
Fatigue and weakness are usually symptoms of numerous different types of cancer which you’ll definitely need to look at in combination with other symptoms. Any time you feel exhausted without explanation and it doesn’t respond to getting more sleep, visit your doctor.
8. Bloating or abdominal weight gain
Women diagnosed with ovarian cancer often report unexplained abdominal bloating that came on fairly suddenly and continued on and off over a long period of time.
9. Feeling full and unable to eat
Another sign that cancer is growing in your body especially ovarian cancer is this one. Women say they have no appetite and can’t eat, even when they haven’t eaten for some time.
10. Pelvic or abdominal pain
Pain and cramping in the pelvis and abdomen can appear along with the bloating that often signals ovarian cancer, but also leukemia can cause abdominal pain resulting from an enlarged spleen.
11. Rectal bleeding or blood in stool
This is a sign that cancer is growing in your body and especially colorectal cancer is often diagnosed using this sign. Blood in the toilet alone means that you should visit your doctor and schedule a colonoscopy.
12. Unexplained weight loss
Weight loss can signify an early sign of colon and other digestive cancers, but it can also signify that the cancer has spread to the liver, affecting your appetite and the ability of your body to rid itself of wastes.
13. Upset stomach or stomachache
Stomach cramps or frequent upset stomachs may also indicate colorectal cancer.
14. A red, sore, or swollen breast
This is usually a symptom of breast cancer. Visit your doctor as soon as you experience any unexplained changes to your breasts.
15. Nipple changes
Before being diagnosed with breast cancer women remember noticing this sign. In most of the cases, their nipple began to appear flattened, inverted, or turned sideways.
16. Unusually heavy or painful periods or bleeding between periods
This can also be a sign that cancer is growing in your body. Many women claim that they have experienced this symptom before they were diagnosed with endometrial or uterine cancer. Always ask for a transvaginal ultrasound if you suspect something more than routine heavy periods!
17. Swelling of facial features
Puffiness, swelling, or redness in the face are some of the signs patients with lung cancer have reported. Small cell lung tumors commonly block blood vessels in the chest, preventing blood from flowing freely from your head and face.
18. A sore or skin lump that doesn’t heal, becomes crusty, or bleeds easily
Try to read some information about the different type of skin cancer including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. Always check the skin all over your body in case you have some odd-looking growths or spots.
19. Changes in nails
Unexplained changes on the fingernails can signify several types of cancer. A brown or black streak or dot under the nail can indicate skin cancer, while newly discovered “clubbing”– enlargement of the ends of the fingers with nails that curve down over the tips — can be a sign of lung cancer. Pale or white nails can also signify liver cancer.
20. Pain in the back or lower right side
This can also be a sign that cancer is growing in your body. Numerous patients claim that this was the first thing they noticed before being diagnosed with liver cancer. Breast cancer is also often diagnosed via back pain, that can occur when a breast tumor presses backward into the chest, or when the cancer spreads to the spine or ribs.
No matter if you’re a man or a woman, always make sure you pay attention to the various signals your body is sending to you, so that you can detect cancer as earlier as possible. Then, you’ll be able to do anything you can in order to protect your body and heal yourself.
Make sure you also follow an anti-cancer lifestyle even before you notice any symptoms, because prevention is the best route when it comes to most chronic diseases. There are cases and you must know that it is not unusual for 10 or more years to pass between exposure to a cancer-causing agent (tobacco, chemicals, radiation, cell phones, poor nutrition, etc.) and a detectable type of cancer.