Possible Signs of Cancer in Men and Women

· July 10, 2014
In this article we'll be taking a detailed look at many different potential signs of cancer

Do you know the symptoms of cancer, or how cancer starts to form? We’ll show you how to detect the signs that could indicate cancer in women.

As we have recommended many times, prevention is the best form of cure. Through some simple and painless examinations, you may be able to detect cancer in time. It may also be in time to prevent it from spreading to other organs in your body.

Signs of cancer

If you should happen to have any of these symptoms, don’t panic. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have cancer. This is simply a guide to signs that can show you that something may be wrong.

Your doctor will have routine tests that will let you know for sure if you have cancer or not. If the results are positive, then don’t despair. In this case, you should feel fortunate that you were able to detect the disease in time. Your treatment should be easier and more effective as a result.

Rapid weight loss, without apparent reason

If you lose a significant amount of weight, for no particular reason you should make sure to go to your doctor. This is a sign of possible pancreas, stomach, esophagus, or lung cancer.

Mouth ulcers that don’t heal

If you suffer from frequent mouth ulcers on your lips and gums you should talk to a doctor. Although these types of mouth ulcers are quite common, ones that last longer than two or three days are a cause of concern.

When these mouth lesions stop healing quickly, it’s a sign that there’s a serious irritation in your mouth tissues.

Read more: 6 Foods You Should Eat if You Have Stomach Ulcers

Frequent fevers

Frequent fevers

Most people who suffer from any type of cancer suffer from fevers regularly. This is especially the case for people who have some sort of cancer that affects the immune system. You should keep in mind that everybody has fevers from time to time. It only becomes a problem when they’re very frequent.

Signs of cancer: frequent abdominal issues

The abdominal issues could be pain, swelling, or a sensation of fullness. Other issues could be frequent diarrhea or constipation without an apparent reason. Other signs include rectal bleeding, or streaks of dark-colored blood in your fecal matter.

You should consult a doctor about any of these symptoms. Even if it isn’t intestinal cancer, they are all indicative of some sort of problem.

Permanent cough

Cancer Signs

If you have a strong cough that persists longer than two weeks, whether it is a dry cough or if it comes with expectoration, then it is a cause for concern. Other causes of concern are spots of blood in your phlegm, or if your voice is rough and scratchy regularly.

These are potential symptoms of lung cancer. If you notice any of these symptoms you should go to a specialist immediately.

See also: The Causes and Diagnosis of Lung Cancer

Skin changes

If you notice any skin changes or any spots that you didn’t have before then you should see a dermatologist as soon as possible. If you notice new moles or changes in the moles then that is a cause for concern. Other signs of potential skin cancer are spots of dead skin and unprovoked bleeding.

Leukoplakia

Leukoplakia is the appearance of white patches in the mouth or on the tongue. These can be caused by frequent irritation, previous injury, or the consumption of cigarettes and alcohol.

These lesions should be treated as soon as possible, because they can develop into mouth cancer.

Repeated, unusual bleeding

Blood in the urine could be a sign of bladder or kidney cancer. Blood in the feces could indicate colon or intestinal cancer, and spots of blood in the phlegm could mean lung cancer. In addition to that, an abnormally large or frequent amount of vaginal bleeding is a potential sign of uterine or cervical cancer.

Bleeding without cause could be the sign of oncoming cancer. It could also be the sign of cancer that’s already started. You should always see a doctor as soon as you spot any of these signs.

Enlargement or lumps in a breast

The inside of a breast.

These growths can appear for different reasons. Because of that, it’s very important that you talk to a specialist when you encounter any kind of abnormality in this area of your body. If you need to treat breast cancer, it has a far better chance of being cured the earlier that you treat it.

The examination to determine breast cancer is usually a mammogram, which is very simple. It’s completely painless, and over in about five minutes. You have no excuse for doing this examination every year!

How can we prevent cancer?

The most important thing to keep in mind in the fight against cancer is to have a good diet. You should eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, in addition to eating foods that are high in fiber. These will improve your digestion and help to prevent colon cancer.

You should drink at least eight glasses of water a day, so that you can make sure that your kidneys are functioning correctly. This may help you to avoid developing bladder or kidney cancer.

If you choose to go outside for a period of time, even when the sun isn’t shining brightly, you should always make sure you use a good amount of sunscreen. This will lessen your chance of getting skin cancer.

If you notice any of the signs we’ve outlined above then go and see your doctor. He will be able to give you the necessary tests and examinations to determine if your problems are cancerous or not. He will also be able to suggest the best possible treatment for prevention or cure.

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