There are times where a cancer diagnosis is shocking and out of the blue without any kind of warning symptoms, but most of the time there are symptoms before the diagnosis that we could be ignoring. Here are a few symptoms/warning signs of the disease.
DIFFICULTY SWALLOWING OR FEELING FULL
If you have difficulty swallowing or tend to feel like its full, or food gets stuck in your throat, you may have what is called dysphagia. If it gets worse over time, you should call your doctor as this could be a sign of cancer.
CHANGES IN BODY FUNCTIONS
You should pay close attention to changes in your body functions. These changes can be caused by many different factors so call your doctor if you notice things such as sudden constipation or diarrhea, difficulty passing urine or passing stool, passing air in urine or urine mixed in your stool or feeling like you’re not emptying your bowels completely.
LUMPS AND MASSES
Sometimes, lumps can be completely normal and sometime now. For example, a cold can cause your lymph nodes to enlarge. This is temporary and is your body’s way of fighting off the cold.
Doctors consider certain types of bleeding more indicative of cancer than others although they can be caused by other conditions, these bleeding types should be checked out. If you are coughing blood, seeing blood in your stool, having abnormal vaginal bleeding, seeing blood in your urine or blood in nipple discharge see help right away.
SHORTNESS OF BREATH
Many things can cause shortness of breath, even something as simple as exercise. However, if you notice you’re getting out of breath with normal activities or walking up stairs, that is the point where your shortness of breath should be evaluated.