- Weight Loss
If you are still eating and not exerting yourself more than usual, but the weight is still dropping off then call into see your doctor. Although weight loss is a possible symptom of cancer, it could also be the outcome of an overactive thyroid. You need to know the cause either way.
Bloating is a symptom usually linked with ovarian cancer as well as abdominal pain or pelvic pain. There can be a feeling of fullness even when you have not eaten much. Urinary habits likely change with an urgent need to go to the toilet.
- Breast Changes
- Redness and thickening of the breast skin
- Stubborn rash
- Nipple changes
Be aware of your breasts and what they are up to. Keep an eye on them and feel for lumps. Even though a breast lump may not be detected at the time of a self breast examination, it does not mean your cancer free.
- Abnormal Bleeding
If you bleed in between periods tell your doctor. Bleeding after the menopause could be a symptom of endometrial cancer while GI bleeding a possible symptom of colorectal cancer. Abnormal bleeding is a common early sign of endometrial cancer.
- Skin Alterations
Keep a close watch on moles. Change in a mole is a common symptom of skin cancer. Bleeding on the skin or extreme scaling tells you something is not right
- Trouble Swallowing
Some cancers like GI cancer might cause problems when you try to swallow. Your GP will look into your past history and arrange for tests such as a chest X-ray or exams of the GI tract to get an exact diagnosis.
- Bloody Stools/Urine
Do not pass blood off in your urine or your stool as something to do with your periods or hemorrhoids. All too often a patient will assume hemorrhoids are the cause of bleeding from the back passage. Making assumptions can put your life in danger. You must never assume but be sure as these could be signs of Colon cancer. Cancers associated with bloody urine are bladder and kidney cancer.
- Mouth Changes
Heavy smokers should look out for white patches inside the mouth or white spots on the tongue. Both symptoms can indicate a precancerous condition called leukoplakia that can advance to oral cancer. If in doubt about mouth changes see your dentist who will check you out, and give you all the advice you need to keep the mouth healthy.
- Lymph Nodes
If you feel a lump/swelling in the lymph nodes under your armpit or in your neck then it is time to act and get medical advice. These symptoms do not always mean it is cancer but they do mean something is not right.
Fever is a regular symptom in a many conditions, but if you burn up for no reason it could mean cancer. Fever often happens after cancer has spread from where it originally started. Other cancer signs can include jaundice.
- Persistent Cough
We all get a cough from time to time which comes and goes, but should yours be persistent lasting more than three weeks, or you cough up blood then this is not normal, so mention this to your GP.
If the symptoms above are familiar to you do not panic as they can be caused by a lot of things, it is just a matter of finding out what that other thing is so it can be treated