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8 Signs of cancer you musn’t ignore

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One important point that cannot be over emphasised when it comes to surviving cancer is early detection because spotting cancer early is important for a greater likelihood of treatment being successful. Below are a 8 signs you musn’t ignore that could be pointers to cancer infection.

1. Sores that don’t heal

Sores on any part of the body which are difficult to heal, such as sores on the skin, penis, vagina, or oral cavity, should be dealt with promptly and should not be overlooked.

2. Unusual bleeding or discharge

Any unusual bleeding from any orifice of the body may be a sign and symptom of cancer. Blood in the phlegm could be a sign of lung cancer. Blood in the stool (or a dark or black stool) could be a sign of colorectal cancer. Abnormal vaginal bleeding could indicate uterine, ovarian or cervical cancer. A bloody discharge from the nipple may be a sign of breast cancer.

3. Thickening of lump in the breast or on other parts of the body

Many cancers can be felt through the skin, particularly in the breasts, testicles, lymph nodes, and the soft tissues of the body. A lump or thickening may be an early or late sign of cancer and should be reported to a doctor, especially if you have just discovered it or noticed that it has grown in size.

4. Change in bowel habits or bladder function

Chronic constipation, diarrhea, or a change in the size of your stool may indicate colon cancer. Pain with urination, blood in the urine, or a change in bladder function (such as more frequent or less frequent urination) may be related to bladder or prostate cancer. Any changes in bladder or bowel function should be reported to your doctor.

5. Nagging cough or hoarseness

A persistent cough may be a sign of lung cancer. Persistent hoarseness could be a sign of cancer of the larynx (voice box) or thyroid.

6. Indigestion or difficulty in swallowing

These symptoms may indicate cancer of the oesophagus, stomach, or pharynx (throat).

7. Recent changes in a wart or mole

Any change in the colour, shape, size, or loss of definite borders of a wart or mole should be reported to your doctor immediately. It could be a sign of a melanoma which, if diagnosed early, may be treated successfully.

8. Unexplained weight loss or fever

An unexplained weight loss of about 5 kg may be the first sign of cancer, particularly cancers of the pancreas, stomach, oesophagus, or lung. Fever is generally seen at an advanced stage of the disease. When cancer has spread from its point of origin to other parts of the body, almost all patients with cancer will experience fever at some stage, particularly if the cancer or its treatment affects the immune system and reduces resistance to infection.

 

source: www.singaporecancersociety.org.sg

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