Cancer Research Cenete in U.K. conveyed a study which showed that half of the cancer patients had symptoms before they were diagnosed with cancer and only 2% thought that cancer caused the symptoms.
5000 people from UK were involved in the study and they were asked if they had any symptoms previously which could be linked to cancer like persistent cough, unexplained weight loss or low energy level.
The participants in the study were also asked if they knew what had caused the symptoms and were they serious. It was proven that people usually don’t connect their knowledge with their personal state.
Most of the participants were aware that the symptoms could be linked with cancer but not if they had the symptoms. They never thought that they had cancer.
It is very important to recognize the early signs of cancer. Find out the 10 early signs that are ignored by most of people:
- Persistent Cough
If you have persistent cough, especially accompanied by blood, then you should be worried. Bartholomew Bevers, MD of the MD Anderson Cancer Center said that “Most coughs are not cancer, but a persistent cough needs to be evaluated because it can be a symptom of lung cancer.” In this case you should get an X-ray or CT scan just to make sure that is nothing serious.
- Persistent Change in Bowel Habits
Bartholomew Bevers claims that if you have problems with constipation and your stool is larger than normal, you could have colon cancer. She also said. ”This is a symptom where a person should go to the doctor and schedule a colonoscopy to see if there is a mass”.
- Persistent Change in Bladder Habits
You shouldn’t panic immediately if you have blood in the urine as it can appear due to urinary tract infection. But it can also appear due to bladder or kidney cancer. So first do urine test and if it is negative, do other tests.
- Persistent Unexplained Pain
We experience various pains and most of them are not linked with cancer, but sometimes they can be. If you suffer from severe headaches often, then you need to visit a doctor as it may indicate brain cancer. Abdominal pain can be caused by ovarian cancer and pain in the chest can be caused by lung cancer.
- Change in the Appearance of a Mole
Bartholomew Bevers claims that not all moles can cause melanoma, but a new mark or the one which has changed its color or shape can be a sign of melanoma so visit your dermatologist.
- A Sore That Does Not Heal
If you suffer from sore throat for a longer period of time, you should visit a doctor as this pain can be caused by cancer.
- Rectal Bleeding
If bleeding occurs without any explainable reason, then visit a doctor. Bartholomew Bevers says that vaginal bleeding which appears before or after a normal period can be an early sign of cervical cancer and bleeding from the rectum can be caused by colon cancer.
- Weight Loss
Sudden weight loss which occurs even if you are not on a diet can be linked with serious medical problems like cancer.
- An Unexplained Lump
If a new lump appears than it must be checked by a doctor. It could be benign cyst but it may also be cancer. If the lump appears in the breasts then it may be breast cancer.
Difficulties with Swallowing
It may be caused by neck and esophageal cancer. People who have this symptom usually start eating liquid foods without thinking that there is a more serious problem.
Note: Most of the above mentioned symptoms are caused by some less serious medical conditions but if they do not go away, you must see your doctor.