Common Cancer Symptoms Ignored

molesJust because something seems minor does not mean you should take it lightly according to a new study. More than half of adults surveyed experienced symptoms of cancer but only two percent believed that cancer was a possible cause. Many people are not paying attention to the warning signs. Routine tests are important, but do not rely on the tests alone for protection. Some cancer is easily treatable and curable when diagnosed early. Here are some symptoms that should be taken seriously.

Lumps & Bumps

Many cancers can be felt through the skin. If you notice any strange lumps or bumps, you should see your doctor immediately.

Cough or Hoarseness

Several types of cancer, including leukemia, laryngeal, lung, or thyroid cancer can cause symptoms that mimic a bad cough or bronchitis. If the problems persists or goes away and comes back again it is definitely a cause for concern.

Weight Loss

If you are shedding pounds without any effort that is a concern and can be an indicator of serious medical problems. According to the American Cancer Society, unexplained weight loss of 10 pounds or more can be the first sign of cancer. This warning sign is common in those with pancreatic, stomach, lung or esophageal cancers.

Skin Moles

While all moles are not an indicator of melanoma, a new mole or one that has changed should be checked by a dermatologist. A dermatologist will be able to screen for skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common type of all cancers. Early detection is critical in treating skin cancer.

Bloating

It’s very common to feel bloated after eating or drinking too much. A bloated and painful tummy can indicate something other than cancer but if you consistently feel bloated for more than two weeks, this could be a sign of ovarian cancer.

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