Being aware of cancer symptoms is very helpful!
It’s well known that the earlier you discover the cancer, the better the outcome will be! It’s much better to diagnose cancer while it’s small in size and not spread yet,
because the chances of full recovery by surgery alone is much higher than diagnosing it in the late stage.
Spread of Cancerous cells
It’s important to know the general symptoms of cancer, but one needs to remember that those symptoms are general and they can be in any illness; they are not
specific for cancer, so don’t panic if you experienced any of them, just refer to your doctor as soon as possible.
Different types of cancer
Most cancer patients lose their weight for unknown reasons. This will be significant if you lose more than 10 pounds in less than a month while you are not on diet and
there is no good reason to explain this loss. This is especially true with lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, and colon cancer.
Not all tumors are cancer!
Many of patients with cancer experience fever for unknown causes. The presence of fever usually indicates the spread of cancer; fever is usually late symptom in
cancer patients. Rarely some cancers such as leukemia “blood cancer” and lymphoma “lymph node cancer” may cause fever in early stages.
Extreme fatigue that is not relived with rest
Cancer can produce this symptom by two ways; either by consuming the body energy while growing fast or by causing insensible blood loss; for example in case of
colon cancer when patient is losing blood with stool.
Pain can be an early symptom such as with bone cancer, or it can be a late symptom that indicates metastasis of cancer. For example, back pain may be due to
metastatic cancer from colon, rectum, breast or ovary.
Abnormal Changes in the Skin
Those changes maybe present with skin cancer or with any metastatic cancer to the skin. Those changes include:
1- Change in the color of skin; becoming darker or yellowish or red.
2- Itching all over the body.
3- Abnormal sudden hair growth.
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Depending on type of cancer and part of body that has been affected,
symptoms vary. For instance, coughing, difficulties in breathing
or chest pains may mostly link to lung cancer, whereas diarrhea,
bloodstained stool and constipation may associate with colon cancer.
However, it is important to note that not all cancers show symptoms.
Pancreatic cancer, for instance, will only cause symptoms during its
advanced stages. But there are other symptoms that are commonly
associated with most cancers and they include:
- Loss of appetite
- Night sweats
- Weight loss
In general, some symptoms are shared between all types of cancer such as unexplained fever, fatigue with no specific reason,
unintentional weight loss and excessive night sweating. These symptoms indicate the overuse of the body energy resources due to the
uncontrolled overgrowth of the cancerous cells.
Every type of cancer can produce its own range of symptoms; for example, pancreatic cancer may lead to yellowish discoloration of the
skin and eyes while colon cancer is usually associated with change in the bowel habits especially alternating diarrhea and constipation!
Some types of cancerous cells can produce toxic substances which in turn cause different symptoms. For instance, some types of lung
cancer can produce toxic substances that cause elevation in the calcium level in the blood leading to different problems in the nerves and