Being in touch with your body and what it is trying to tell you is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It is easy to ignore symptoms of illness or put them off until they become severe, particularly if you are busy with work, a family, and other obligations. These are 20 cancer symptoms you should never ignore.
1. BACK PAIN
If you have constant back pain, your doctor may test you for liver cancer.
2. SWOLLEN LYMPH NODES
Your lymph nodes may swell when you are sick. If they are constantly swollen, this should raise a red flag for you, as it may indicate problems in the lymphatic system.
Constant fatigue may reflect the growth of cancer in your body.
4. PELVIC OR ABDOMINAL PAIN
Regular pelvic and abdominal pain can both be symptomatic of multiple types of cancer. If you notice that these symptoms don’t go away, you may want to rule out cancer.
5. INABILITY TO EAT
Ovarian cancer can cause stomach issues and even decrease your appetite. If you find yourself eating less or not wanting to eat, you may want to get checked out.
6. CONSTANT BRUISING/BLEEDING
If you bruise very easily or you have difficulty stopping the bleeding when you get cut, there may be something wrong with your red blood cells. These are common leukemia symptoms.
7. FREQUENT BLOATING
Bloating or swelling in the abdomen isn’t always a harmless PMS symptom, and is in fact associated with ovarian cancer.
8. SUDDEN WEIGHT LOSS
There are several types of digestive system cancers that may cause sudden weight loss, as your body can not properly process nutrients and calories.
9. BREAST REDNESS OR SWELLING
Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer to affect women. Any swelling, soreness, or redness in your breasts should be checked out immediately.
10. RECTAL BLEEDING
Colorectal cancer can be an extremely fast-growing cancer. Common signs include blood in the stool or bleeding from the rectum.
Any constant digestive symptom, including nausea, may be indicative of a digestive cancer.
12. DIFFICULTY SWALLOWING
If you have difficulty swallowing, you may want to get checked for throat cancer and esophageal cancer.
13. NIPPLE CHANGES
A red flag for breast cancer is any change in the size or shape of nipples.
14. SKIN LUMPS THAT CHANGE OR DON’T GO AWAY
Any changes in your skin that do not go away with time may be symptomatic of skin cancer, particularly growths that change over time.
15. COUGH/CHEST PAIN
An occasional cough can be normal, especially during cold season. However, frequent chest pain or coughing may be a sign of leukemia or lung cancer.
16. SWELLING OF FACIAL FEATURES
People who have been diagnosed with lung cancer have reported puffiness or swelling in the face.
17. SHORTNESS OF BREATH/WHEEZING
Lung cancer can manifest in many different ways, and one of the first symptoms to appear is shortness of breath.
18. NAIL CHANGES
If your nails become swollen or change color, they can be an indicator of skin or lung cancer.
If you seem to spike a fever or catch infections fairly often, you may want to seek medical attention, as these are symptoms of leukemia.
20. CHANGES IN MENSTRUATION
Periods that suddenly become heavier or irregular may indicate uterine cancer.