Cancer is survivable nowadays. Most cancers, if caught early, have high survivable rates. For example, ovarian cancer has a 90% survivable rate if detected in stage 1. By stage 2, this drops to 40% by stage 2, and by stage 4, the survival rate is only 10%. So catching it early on is vital to your health and life.
Here are early warning symptoms of cancer that, if caught early, can save your life.
Unusual Lumps Anywhere On Your Body
Cancerous lumps are usually painless. It would be best if you did not wait until they become painful. You should also not wait until they get larger or change shape. Some may not get larger or change in form. All lumps and bumps that do not go away should get treated with suspicion and concern. Get them checked out ASAP. There are many ways to check for lumps that are not obvious to the eye. You can find many checklists online for checking your body like breast checks or testicular checks.
Do you wonder if it a cold, chest infection, or cancer? Infections and viruses tend to last only a few days, and then they leave the body. If you have a cough that goes away, then most likely, it was a virus or a cold. Pneumonia can last a couple of weeks. A doctor or other healthcare professionals should check any cough lasting more than a few weeks. Any cough that produces colorful mucus, as well as coughs that leave you short of breath, should be checked out sooner rather than later. Lung cancer produces a cough that does not go away and is worse at certain times a day. It may also feel painful or sound different than other coughs that you have had. With Osophogeal cancer, there may be a noticeable lump when you swallow. If you have any of these symptoms, then get checked out as soon as you can.
Changes in Bowel Movements
Bowel cancer, or otherwise known as colorectal cancer, is a disease that affects the large bowel and rectum. It might be embarrassing to talk about this subject, but it is vital to your health. It tends to grow slowly for up to 10 years before it starts spreading to other parts of the body. It is the 2nd most deadly form of cancer. It is treatable if caught in its earliest stages. The signs of bleeding when you have a bowel movement could be, stool that is bright red or black and tar-covered. This is a big one to watch out for. Other signs are unexplained weight loss that was not purposely initiated by you, feeling tired and fatigued and pain or lumps. Don’t let embarrassment stop you from seeking a doctor’s opinion.
Needing to urinate More Frequently
You may need to pee quite frequently if you have a kidney infection or diabetes. But it can also mean prostate cancer. Early prostate cancer no real symptoms, so getting a prostate exam could find new lumps or swelling. But having to pee more than usual, especially at night time and having trouble getting the urine out, is usually the first sign of prostate cancer. You may also notice leaking after you pee. If it persists, then check with a healthcare professional.
Unexplained Bleeding From Your Vagina
Bleeding from your vagina is normal when you are menstruating. If you experience bleeding or spotting between your periods or if you are in menopause or if you bleed after normal sex, then you should see the doctor. Vaginal bleeding is the most common symptom of cervical and vaginal cancer.
If you are losing more then 10 pounds and you are not purposely trying to lose weight, then that can be a sign of cancer. The weight loss may not seem like much at first, but if it continues, get checked out.
There are ways to catch cancer early on so you can get treated. Most cancers now have high survival rates if found soon enough. Please don’t be embarrassed or ashamed, and don’t put it off. Check with your doctor early on, and you will be more likely to survive a bout with cancer.