To protect ourselves from the coronavirus, many of us put off our annual cancer screenings and tests. It’s understandable. However, early detection is one of the best weapons against the disease.
Screening can detect cancer before symptoms appear. You too can pick up early warning signs by paying attention to changes in your body. If you notice something new or different that lasts a few weeks or weeks, see your healthcare provider. Not all cancer symptoms are cancer. Here are 17 symptoms that should prompt you to call your doctor.
Abnormal periods or pelvic pain
Most women experience irregular periods and cramps from time to time. However, persistent pain and changes in your cycle may be a sign of cervical, uterine or ovarian cancer.
Change bathroom habits
Significant changes in physical activity may indicate colon, prostate, or bladder cancer, among other cancers. Warning signs include persistent constipation and diarrhea; black or red blood in the stool; black, tarry stools; urinate more often; and blood in your urine.
We all feel full from time to time. But bloating for more than two weeks can be a sign of ovarian cancer, as well as various gastrointestinal cancers.
These include new lumps and bumps around the nipple, discoloration, and unusual discharge that you haven’t experienced before. Although most breast cancer occurs in women, men can also develop it.
A cough that lasts longer than two weeks, especially a dry cough, can be a sign of lung cancer.
Headaches that last longer than two weeks and do not respond to conventional medications may be caused by a brain tumor.
If your throat is blocked or you have trouble swallowing for more than two weeks, it could be a sign of throat, lung, or stomach cancer.
Too much bruising
A bruise on the shin from bumping into the coffee table is normal. But a lot of bruising in an unusual place without a sudden collision can indicate different types of leukemia.
Constant fever and infection
Recurring fevers or switching from one infection to another may indicate an immune system that is more sensitive to lymphoma or leukemia.
Persistent sores, lesions, and sore spots in the mouth, especially in people who use tobacco and alcohol heavily, may indicate the presence of various types of oral cancer.