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Far too many people are ignoring some serious health warnings coming from their body. If spotted early, you can save yourself from a potentially life threatening form of cancer. But ignore the signs, and it could be too late. Cancer prevention doesn’t start with a check-up to your doctor. It starts with you. You should be on the lookout for the following signs and symptoms. If you find yourself to be experiencing any of these, call your doctor and have him check you out professionally.
Changes To Your Chest
Your body is constantly changing. It’s a natural thing that comes with age. But if you feel something in your chest / breasts that you haven’t felt before, contact your doctor for a further professional evaluation.
If you’ve gone 12 months without your period, you’ve likely reached menopause. Postmenopausal bleeding or blood clots however, are a warning sign and should be checked out. Bleeding could be a sign of a endometrial polyp or worse, cervical cancer.
If you’re noticing dark colored blood in the toilet, it could be a sign of colon cancer. This is one of the most common forms of cancer affecting both men and women equally. Many mistake blood in the toilet for hemorrhoids, which is actually lighter in color – not darker. After the age of 40, it’s worth your while to book a colonoscopy at least once every two years.
We all get headaches from time to time. Most are usually stress related. However, if you’re constantly getting them, then your doctor should be contacted immediately.
One of the more difficult cancers to spot is ovarian cancer. Many don’t associate bloating as a sign of this form of cancer. But if you’re always feeling fuller than normal, experiencing persistent lower back / pelvic pain, or even frequent urination – contact your doctor today.
Unexplained Changes In Weight
As you age, you often gain weight. But if you’re gaining weight because of a buildup of fluid in your stomach, then it could be a sign of stomach cancer. If you’ve put on an unexplained 10 or more pounds recently, it’s time to call your doctor.
A cough shouldn’t last more than 2 or 3 weeks. If you’ve been experiencing one, and know it’s not allergy related, it could be lung cancer. You don’t have to be a smoker to be at risk for it. In fact, many lung cancer cases in women are of those who don’t smoke.
Changes In Lymph Nodes
Are your lymph nodes around your neck and under your arm starting to feel hard or swollen? If so, then it’s time to call your doctor. A biopsy will tell you whether you simply have an infection, or something worse.
Being tired is normal. But being extremely tired all the time is not. Constant, severe fatigue may be an early sign of Leukemia, colon, or stomach cancer. These cancers cause blood loss, which results in the fatigue. Your doctor will need to do a proper exam, checking both your blood and thyroid.
Changes To Your Skin
It’s good practice to pay close attention to your skin. Moles, changes in pigment, or sores that never seem to heal may be a sign of skin cancer. If you notice anything unusual, it’s time to visit your dermatologist.