Most of the time, having a healthy lifestyle is not enough to make us immune from all the cancer risks.
Stories about healthy individuals who were suddenly crippled by cancer is not new to us anymore. In fact, any cancer screening won’t work in decreasing cancer cases if people don’t even know what are the cancer symptoms to watch out for.
Signs like hoarseness of voice, sudden weight loss and blood in the stool are just some of widely known warning signs of cancer that we are quite familiar with. However, there are some signs–especially if they persist–that are often linked to cancer development. Some of these cancer symptoms don’t raise red flags immediately because people commonly associate them with more common and treatable conditions. Falling to this trap can mean our lives or those of our loved ones’ so knowing what are the signs to watch out for can be a life-saving way to prevent cancer.
A distended and painful tummy can indicate something other than cancer but if you consistently experience this for unknown reasons, it won’t harm if you go talk to your doctor. Tumors in the colon can be big enough to block the passage of both solid wastes and flatus. Once they build up, a person may experience a bloated abdomen, a symptom which people often take for granted.
Other symptoms of colon cancer includes blood in stool, urinary urgency and a significant change in the form of the stool. Doctors often recommend that people–especially those that are 50 years old and above–should undergo colonoscopy every 10 years to identify polyps and other colon cancer risks. Those who have family history of colon cancer, on the other hand, should start having colonoscopy 10 years before the age when their relative was diagnosed with colon cancer.
You better be careful in applying too much color to your fingernails from now on because in a medical point of view, the color and characteristics of your nails can be a great indicator of your own health status. For example, black or brown streaks (like what is displayed above) can indicate skin cancer or melanoma. Enlargement at the ends of your nail and a significant curving your the nail itself can be a warning sign of lung cancer. Damage or cancer to the liver can also be predicted if you always have pale skin and fingernails.
Heartburn is not something that you want to experience after eating but if you have an early form of esophageal or gastroesophageal cancer, chances are you will experience this frequently. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or most commonly known as heartburn is caused by stomach content reaching the lower portions of the esophagus, leading to painful episodes and acidic taste to the mouth after a full meal. This phenomenon can lead to the development of Barrett’s esophagus, which is a step closer towards the diagnosis of esophageal cancer.
Frequent fever or experience of flu-like symptoms that can last for longer than a week can be another sign of cancer. Leukemia is the cancer of the blood that initially attacks the bone marrow. In this case, white blood cells in the body are forced to multiply and disrupt our body’s defense system against infections. According to Dr. Oz, flu-like symptoms can also alert people of a developing cancer of lymph nodes, also known as lymphoma. Other signs include unexplained weight loss, night sweats, lumps in your throat, nosebleeds or bloody gums.