Cancer is a plague upon American society. It’s estimated that there are 1.6 million new cases of cancer every year. And a large proportion of that number will eventually result in death. You need to be aware of the cancer warning signs so you can catch it quickly.
That’s why events like Movember are designed to get people thinking about cancer. But while Movember focuses on testicular and prostate cancer we shouldn’t forget about other forms of cancer.
So what cancer warning signs should you be aware of?
I’m going to share some of them with you today. While it’s something I know no one likes to discuss, I felt the need to at least discuss this topic a little bit because you never know when yourself or a loved one could be experiencing signs that cancer is present and it’s always best to catch it as early as possible.
Why You Need to Catch Cancer Early
Let’s take a look at colon cancer as an example of why it’s so important to get tested and catch cancer early. The statistics don’t lie. There’s a 90% five-year survival rate if the cancer is caught when it’s still in the localized stage. This number drops to under 40% if caught later.
And practically every other type of cancer has similar statistics. It’s why raising awareness through events like Movember is so important for surviving cancer.
So What’s the Main Sign You Should Be Aware of?
Believe it or not, there are some general symptoms that point towards cancer. Flu symptoms, such as fever and fatigue, are common. The difference is these symptoms will persist for weeks, rather than a few days. If you have anything like this, you should go to a doctor. The timing tells the doctor that it’s something more than mere flu symptoms.
Let’s take mesothelioma as another example. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that comes in three different forms. It’s primarily caused by exposure to asbestos at some point in the person’s life. The problem is there’s no comprehensive cure for mesothelioma.
But mesothelioma does have certain symptoms that are common to all cancer patients.
It’s estimated that 79% of patients report experiencing shortness of breath. And another 64% of patients will experience frequent chest pain. These symptoms are noticeable and are reason enough to go to a doctor.
Does Cancer have Specific Symptoms?
The reason why cancer is the second leading cause of death in the US is that cancer has no specific symptoms a doctor can look at and say, “Yes, that person has cancer!”
Instead, cancer can only be uncovered through extensive and detailed testing. You also have to take into account the fact that every cancer symptom could also point to a completely harmless condition.
That’s why cancer experts recommend that people go to their doctors regularly for a health check. It’s not that the condition they have is dangerous but a doctor can decide whether it’s worth recommending further tests.
Look at the Body
Cancer can manifest itself anywhere. But there are some symptoms that should always lead to further testing. I’ll share some of them with you below:
Symptoms that Persist – Has your symptoms lasted for more than a few weeks? It’s time to consider the fact that it may be something more than a simple cold. This is especially true if your other symptoms have vanished.
The Presence of Blood – Blood in your stool or phlegm is definitely a sign that it could be cancer. In this situation, you should see a doctor immediately.
Fatigue and Low Blood Count – Tumors cause your body’s natural resources to be redirected. It’s why cancer sufferers have low blood counts and usually feel tired. Regular tiredness is a symptom of a number of major illnesses.
Last Word – Stay on the Safe Side
It’s important to always stay on the side of caution. If you have any symptoms that persist or are considered strange you should see your doctor immediately.
Time is of the essence with cancer.
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