It would be easier to detect cancer in our bodies if humans had an electronic sign that would light up when cancer may be growing; instead, we have to be vigilant in finding it before it’s too late.
Before we talk about the signs of cancer, let us be clear on what a sign is. When you have a sign, it is something that someone else can detect with their senses too. For example, a doctor can detect the shape of an irregular mole that could be cancerous.
A symptom is something that might not be visible. For example, if you have a headache, another person can’t see your headache. You can describe the pain, location, and intensity of it, but the symptom is only felt by you. Headaches happen too often to always be a sign of a tumor, but some headaches may be worth a visit to the doctor for screening.
If you are concerned about any physiological changes in your body, seek the help of a medical professional for further evaluation, diagnosis, and early treatment if necessary.
10 SIGNS CANCER MAY BE GROWING IN YOUR BODY
- A LUMP BENEATH THE SKIN THAT FEELS HARD
Lumps in breast tissue are often first discovered by women (and yes, sometimes men) who perform self-exams and feel their breast tissue regularly. Touching your own body and getting to know its usual feeling is a good way to be able to distinguish when you have a change.
Get comfortable with touching yourself regularly, especially on the breast, testicle, armpit, throat, abdomen, and skin. Self-examination of these soft tissues should help you discover changes before they potentially develop into larger tumors.
- ITCHY OR IRRITABLE SKIN
Cancer is treated like a bacteria in the body by your immune system. Your white blood cells are mobilized to try to destroy it. Because of this, blood flow is increased in the area of a cancerous growth and the area may feel warm, appear red, change color, feel tight, or itch.
- WOUNDS THAT DO NOT HEAL
If you have a cut or other injury to the surface of your skin and it is taking a long time to heal or you notice little progress, it is a sign that cancer may be growing in your body. Your immune system has to prioritize defense zones, and cancer takes priority for all available bodily resources way before your minor wound. Take excellent care to keep the wound clean, and consider getting blood screening done just to be cautious.
- TONGUE OR MOUTH BUMPS
Bumps inside the mouth, gums or throat, especially whitish colored bumps, could be a cause for concern.
- TROUBLE SWALLOWING, INDIGESTION, OR LOSS OF APPETITE
Anything that significantly disrupts your digestive process is cause for concern because it hurts your body’s ability to get nutrition from the food that you eat. As a result, natural bodily functions (such as healing) suffer.
- CHANGES IN BOWEL MOVEMENTS
Anything that seems different from your usual stool might be a cause for concern, especially if this symptom lasts for more than two days. For example, finding blood in stool may signify colon cancer, but it may also be caused by a less serious factor. The next step should be seeking the help of a medical professional immediately for evaluation.
Other changes you might look for, according to the American Cancer Society, would include pain during elimination, very dark or light colored stools, constipation or diarrhea, or mucus. Seek the examination and diagnosis of a trusted medical professional if you are concerned about any of these signs.
- CHANGES IN URINATION
Similarly to normal bowel functioning, your bladder function should be fairly regular. Changes in the strength of your urine flow, color, smell, presence of foam, or especially noticeable blood, should be checked immediately for the possibility of cancer growing in your body.
Unexplained bleeding that cannot be accounted for by a menstrual cycle should be checked quickly. Blood from the uterus, nipple, or in any bodily excretions should be examined.
- VOICE CHANGES
Cancer of the larynx can cause your voice to change pitch and tone. Changes in your voice are a sign that cancer may be growing in your body.
Cancer may be growing inside your body in your lung, esophagus, throat, or even stomach if you are experiencing coughing that is persistent and not a result of another illness.