20 deadly cancer symptoms that most women ignore
The usual cancer tests alone will not always keep you safe. You will also need to learn how to listen the symptoms your body gives you and recognize any odd or unexplainable signs. Following are the most common cancer symptoms that most women ignore.
1. Chest pain and/or Chronic cough
Some of the cancers like leukemia and lung tumors can be manifested through severe cough or bronchitis. The chest pain that spreads through the shoulder to the arm is what is firstly experienced and felt among most lung cancer patients.
2. Shortness of breath
One of the most common sign of lung cancer is this one. Almost all of the lung cancer patients remember the inability to breathe normal.
3. Difficulty swallowing
Problematic swallowing is mostly connected with throat cancer but sometimes can lead to lung cancer.
4. Frequent fevers or infections
These symptoms are mostly characteristic for leukemia which is a cancer of the blood cells that occur in the bone marrow. This sickness forms bad blood cells that fight the good blood cells which in turn leads to the body’s inability to fight with all of the infections and viruses due to low immunity.
5. Bleeding that doesn’t stop
This one is a symptom that usually manifests as a result of abnormal happening with the red blood cells and the platelets which is a sign of leukemia. As the time passes,
leukemia cells crowd out red blood cells and platelets which reduces your blood’s capability to transport oxygen and clot.
6. Swollen lymph nodes or lumps on the neck, underarm and groin
Enlarged lymph nodes are a sign of changes in the lymphatic system, which can be result of cancer.
7. Bloating or abdominal weight gain
Abdominal bloating that is unexplainable occurs unexpectedly and continues for longer period of time. This is what women who suffer from ovarian cancer usually experience.
8. Weakness and fatigue
Fatigue and weakness are symptoms of various types of cancer. In case you feel tired all of the time and if it isn’t because of a poor dream, you shall visit your doctor as soon as possible and make several tests.
9. Abdominal pain
Along with the bloating, pain and cramping in the pelvis and the abdomen can occur as well. These are the usual symptoms for ovarian cancer. In case of leukemia cancer, it causes abdominal pain which is caused by enlarged spleen.
10. Feeling full and unable to eat
You haven’t eaten whole day and you still don’t feel hunger? Do you have lowered appetite in the last few days or weeks? You should visit your doctor because this may be a result of growing ovarian cancer.
11. Unexplained weight loss
This one is an early symptom of colon and other digestive cancers. In case of reduced appetite and body’s inability to eliminate waste may as well be a symptom of liver cancer.
12. Rectal bleeding or blood in stool
This one is a symptom of colorectal cancer. If you notice blood in your stool you must immediately visit your doctor as soon as possible and do a colonoscopy.
13. A red, sore or swollen breast
If you notice some strange changes, visit your doctor immediately. These are signs that are very often connected with breast cancer growing in the body.
14. Upset stomach or stomachache
Frequent upset stomach and stomach cramps are sometimes a sign of colorectal cancer.
15. Unusually heavy or painful periods or bleeding between periods
Not always is the case that women have painful period which is “just another regular period pain”. Woman diagnosed with endometrial or uterine cancer claimed that these are the early symptoms.
16. Nipple changes
Before being diagnosed with breast cancer, flattened nipple is one of the usual changes that women notice. The nipple can also be turned sideways or inverted.
17. A sore or skin lump that doesn’t heal, becomes crusty or bleeds easily
This can be a symptom of various skin cancers like basal cell carcinoma, melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
18. Swelling of facial features
Some lung cancer patients have said that they have experienced swelling, puffiness or redness on their faces. Small cell lung tumors usually obstruct blood vessels in the chest, which prevents blood from circulating freely from your head and face.
19. Pain in the back or lower right side
According to most of the liver cancer patients, this has been the first symptom that they have experienced. Also, back pain can be caused by breast cancer as well. This pain occurs when the tumor applies pressure on the back part of the chest or in case when the cancer expands onto the ribs or spine.
20. Changes in the nails
In case of some sudden changes in the fingernails, this one can be a symptom of several kinds of cancer. A black or brown streak or dot beneath the nail could as well be a sign of skin cancer , while “lately” discovered “clubbing” – enlargement in the ends of the fingers with nails that are curving down can as well indicate a lung cancer. Liver cancer is almost always manifested with pale or white nails.