Cancer does not always start with clear symptoms. Therefore, their early symptoms are often ignored because they are considered minor illnesses. In fact, the sooner it is detected, the greater the success rate of the treatment. Come on, take a look at what symptoms can be early signs of cancer.
Most new cancers show symptoms, when they are at an advanced stage or when they have spread to other organs. For this reason, you should be aware of things that may be early symptoms of cancer. Although the symptoms below are common and often a sign of diseases other than cancer, it is advisable to see a doctor if you experience them, including:
- Weight loss drastically
Weight loss in cancer patients occurs because healthy body cells are continuously attacked by cancer cells. Losing weight occurs quickly, for no apparent reason. This condition is often an early symptom of pancreatic cancer, esophageal cancer, lung cancer and stomach cancer.
Generally, fever is a symptom of the body responding to disease or infection, but it can also be a sign that cancer has spread (advanced stage). Even so, fever often for no apparent reason, could be an early sign of blood cancers such as lymphoma or leukemia.
Some types of cancer, such as colon and anal cancer, can cause blood to appear during bowel movements. Whereas in prostate cancer or bladder cancer, blood can appear when urinating. Sometimes bleeding can also occur in internal organs, making it more difficult to detect. In addition, be aware of any bleeding when coughing or vomiting, and bleeding from the vagina that occurs between menstrual periods.
- A lump in the breast or other limb
Immediately get checked out if you feel a lump in the breast or other limb, especially one that feels hard and gets bigger. A lump in the neck, for example, can be an early sign of thyroid cancer and esophageal cancer.
In some cases, moles can be a symptom of skin cancer. We recommend that you see a doctor, if the mole changes shape to asymmetrical, irregular edges, changes color, increases in size, feels itchy, hard and bleeds. Also be aware of other changes in the skin such as jaundice, hyperpigmentation or dark patches, abnormal hair or hair growth, and reddish skin.
- Fatigue and pain
Fatigue that doesn’t go away even after resting is one of the early symptoms of cancer, such as leukemia. Meanwhile, colon, prostate, uterine and anus cancer patients can experience back pain. In addition, you also need to be aware of complaints of pain when urinating, or when having sex.
- Cough that doesn’t go away
Watch out for coughs as a symptom of cancer. Especially if you experience a cough that doesn’t go away for more than 3 weeks, especially if it’s accompanied by shortness of breath, chest pain, and bloody phlegm.
Some types of cancer can cause digestive disorders such as difficulty swallowing, pain after eating, nausea, vomiting and flatulence. Also be aware of constipation or diarrhea for no apparent reason, persistent flatulence, abdominal pain or pain in the anus or feeling the need to urinate frequently.
17th September 18:51