16 Possible Cancer Symptoms: From Hoarse Voice To Frequent Infections And Fever

November 21, 2019 19:25

Have you ever heard about cancer? Cancer is a dangerous disease that causes abnormal growth of cells. These atypical cells get into or spread around different body parts.

It can be difficult to diagnose cancer as it shows no symptoms at early stages. If found early, there's a good chance of recovery.

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There are more than 200 types of cancer. Today we'll talk about the most common ones. These include:

  • melanoma;
  • cervical cancer;
  • leukemia;
  • pancreatic cancer;
  • colon and rectal cancer;
  • prostate cancer;
  • bladder cancer;
  • kidney cancer;
  • ovarian cancer;
  • breast cancer;
  • lung cancer.

There are some signs and symptoms that possibly can indicate this serious disease. While they aren't always definite signs of this particular illness, they still mean you need to consult a doctor! Here are 16 red flags to pay attention to.

Common symptoms of cancer

1. Sudden weight loss

If you haven't made any changes in your diet or lifestyle, but the number on your scales is dropping, it might point to breast, lung or colon cancer.

Cancer that has reached the liver prevents it from neutralizing toxins. Decreased appetite results in weight loss.

By statistics, 40% of cancer patients notice sudden weight loss even at the stage of diagnosis. 80% of cancer types cause a decrease in body mass.

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2. Lumps and tumors

If you notice a lump in the abdomen, breast, groin, neck, testicle or armpit areas, visit your doctor as soon as possible. Especially if it has been there for more than 3 weeks.

Lumps in your armpits can indicate breast cancer. This type of cancer is usually followed by redness, inflammation, and swelling of breasts.

3. Rapid fatigue and weakness

If you have such symptoms and proper sleep and nutrition don't improve your condition, it might be cancer. But then again, such symptoms are typical for other health issues too. Don't think of cancer too soon.

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4. Frequent infections and fever

Fever is a sign of an infection that the body is trying to fight. Constant fever and weakness might be caused by lymphoma. Leukemia also causes similar flu-like effects, followed by fatigue, frequent infections, and fever. Only a doctor can find the reason for the fever.

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5. Nail abnormalities

Your nails may also indicate that something is wrong with your health. Here are the signs of liver, lung or skin cancer:

  • Quite rarely (but still possible), black or brown spots underneath the nail plate point to skin cancer.
  • Nail clubbing (curved fingernails) is a symptom of lung cancer. The problem is caused by the oxygen deprivation – a symptom of chronic hypoxia may be caused either by cancer or a different illness.
  • White or pale nails are a signal of many diseases, such as liver cirrhosis, cardiac insufficiency, and iron deficiency anemia. Cancer can also be put on this list.

6. Stridulous breathing

Stridulous breathing might be caused by lung cancer. It squeezes and narrows respiratory passages. However, this symptom most times is related to asthma or bronchitis.

7. A chronic cough, hoarse voice, and/or chest pain

These signals may point to leukemia or lung cancer. Pain in the chest which spreads down an arm or onto a shoulder – also a symptom of these types of cancer.

If you've had a hoarse voice for more than six weeks, go to a doctor immediately.

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8. Flatulence

Flatulence for no reason may often signal ovarian cancer. You should consult a doctor.

Gastric cancer presents in the form of flatulence or pain after eating.

9. Chronic heartburn

In most cases, the core of the problem is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Nonetheless, excessive heartburn might indicate gastric cancer.

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10. Intestinal issues

If you had never had problems with defecation, but suddenly notice changes which remain for over four weeks, you should consult a doctor right away. It might be a sign of colon cancer.

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11. Jaundice

If you have this disease, your skin and the whites of your eyes go yellow. It's easy to notice. These symptoms are related to liver or pancreas issues. However, it might also be pancreatic cancer, which prevents the pancreas and liver from functioning properly, in turn, the reason for jaundice.

12. Difficulty swallowing

Gastric, thyroid and throat cancer might cause swallowing problems. A person might feel as if the food is stuck in their throat.

13. Skin mark changes

Most changes in skin are quite normal. But here are the cases when you need to see a doctor:

  • development of ulcers which don't heal;
  • changes in color, size, shape, and symmetry of a mole.

14. Pain in abdominal or pelvic area

Heaviness in pelvic area or changes in stool might be signs of ovarian cancer. Pain in the pelvic area can also point to leukemia or cervical cancer.

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15. Bleeding and bruising

Blood in urine may be a sign of infection as well as kidney or bladder cancer. Blood in stool is a symptom of hemorrhoids as well as colon cancer. Colon and rectal cancer can show themselves with blood from the rectum.

Women who have bleeding in between periods or after intercourse should get tested for cervical and uterine lining cancer.

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Leukosis is characterized by constant bruises and bleeding.

However, remember that bleeding might be caused by other diseases.

16. Pain that lasts over 4 weeks

You should see a doctor. You might not necessarily have cancer, but you definitely need an appointment. Pain in bones can also be caused by leukemia.

If you notice any unusual changes, it always a good idea to consult with your doctor. Check your health and get your tests done regularly. Better safe than sorry!

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