Nowadays, with so much information at your fingertips, keeping an eye out for possible cancer symptoms has become easier. Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, so knowing how to identify its symptoms is vital. We advise you seek a medical consult if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed below. They don’t always or point to cancer, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
#1. Bleeding gums
If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, the cause could be a simple inflammation due to poor oral hygiene, but it could also be a symptom of leukemia, which causes unusually easy oral bruising and bleeding.
#2. Fingernail with dark lines underneath
This symptom can point to melanoma (an aggressive and sometimes deadly skin cancer). So, as soon as you notice them, ask the advice of a specialist.
#3. Difficulty swallowing
Experiencing difficulty while swallowing (also called dysphagia) for a long time can be a symptom of esophageal cancer. This type of cancer is very tricky because the patients initially try to adapt to the difficulty by changing their eating habits. Please note that, normally, you should not have any difficulty swallowing, especially for longer periods of time. If you do, see a doctor as soon as possible.
#4. Constantly painful stomach
You may experience stomach pains due to indigestion, or even stress. But if these pains are persistent, you might have colon cancer. The stomach pains can also be accompanied by the prolonged presence of blood in the stool, changes in bowel habits, constant fatigue and unintentional weight loss. If you have these symptoms, you need to see a doctor.
#5. Shortness of breath
This could be caused by many factors, like asthma or bronchitis, but it can also signal lung cancer. If you are also a smoker, you need to consult a specialist, because some of the lung cancer symptoms present themselves fairly early.
#6. Throat pain or inflammation
If you are in pain while chewing or moving your tongue, or if you have a sore throat that just doesn’t go away, or if you have swelling inside your oral cavity, you might be looking at mouth cancer.
#7. Painful bones, especially during the night
It is the case especially with children or adolescents and, even if it can be just a symptom of a flu or other, easier, health problems, it can also be bone cancer. In the early stages, bone pain occurs mainly at night or during physical activity, but later, the pain becomes more persistent.
#8. Darker than normal urine
With severe dehydration or a kidney or urinary tract infection, urine becomes darker due to the blood it contains. Even if this symptom is not one of the main indicators of bladder cancer, it is better to check it out.
#9. Voice hoarseness
People who frequently use or abuse their voices can, at various times, have hoarse voices, because of vocal cord injuries acquired during their activity. Another cause can be a laryngeal cancer, which can also be favorized by smoking and consuming more significant amounts of alcohol.
#10. Lumpy neck
During the presence of an infection, the neck glands swell, but the swelling subsides after the infection disappears. If the lumps form in the thyroid gland, though, they should be checked out by a doctor, especially if they are accompanied by fatigue, voice hoarseness, neck pain, frequent coughing and difficulty swallowing.
And don’t forget. Having the above-mentioned symptoms does not automatically mean that you have some sort of cancer, but it is worth keeping an eye on them and, if necessary, consulting a specialist. With cancers, the earlier the diagnosis, the better the prognosis.
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