Everyone believes that they're immune to cancer, until it affects them, a family member, or a friend. It's important to never brush off persistent symptoms that continue to interfere with your day-to-day lifestyle. Stay in the loop by reading about these symptoms that may signal something more serious is manifesting.
Lung cancer can cause swelling in the face, neck, arms, and upper chest when a tumor is pressing against the vein that goes from the head to the heart. This particular symptom is called superior vena cava obstruction and is commonly caused by cancer.
Discomfort ranging from a dull aching sensation to shooting pain is a common complaint of patients with bone cancer. As the cancer grows, the irritation will be more consistent and will likely interfere with common movements such as walking or lifting.
You know that tingling sensation when your foot is "falling asleep?" If this feeling continues for an extended period of time, it's best to consult a medical professional. Lack of sensation in one or more body parts could suggest a tumor near the cerebrum, spinal cord, or nerve channels.
We're all guilty of slacking off at the gym sometimes. However, if you find it difficult to do daily tasks like picking up a large book or getting out of bed, especially when paired with exhaustion and swelling, pay attention. Lung cancer can spur muscle disorders around the hip area causing balance issues.
Don't get us wrong, we are huge proponents of healthy weight loss, but if you see your pant size shrinking without a change in your diet, workout routine, or lifestyle, you may want to second guess the cause. Cancer cells use a bulk of the body's main energy supply and may even begin to change the way your body creates energy or protein, causing you to loose weight at a rapid pace.
Sure, bloating is completely normal every now and then, but paired with other side effects like abdominal pain, trouble eating, or extreme fatigue, it is recommended to consult your doc — especially when these signs are consistent. Many of these symptoms can be mistaken for "that time of the month," however, it is always better to be safe than sorry as these are common signs of ovarian cancer.
Long-term weakness and exhaustion could be more serious than you think. Paired with pain, nausea, or vomiting, this symptom could be a sign you have cancer or another disease. Simply be mindful of tumultuous energy patterns.
Bellyaches have tipped off a number of people to liver tumors, and stomach cramps or frequent upset stomachs may indicate colorectal cancer. Most patients with early stage stomach cancers have no symptoms so "listen" to your body when you feel anything out of the ordinary.
Hypercalcemia, or high levels of calcium in the blood, is both a sign and a consequence of multiple cancers — ranging from breast cancer to lung cancer. This symptom can be diagnosed through blood tests by your doctor.
Frequent heartburn episodes or consistent dull pains in the chest area after eating can mean esophageal cancer, so always connect with your doctor for a screening to double check if this pain is persistent.
Not only is a persistent cough exhausting and downright annoying, but it can be a serious risk to your health. If your coughing continues for months at a time, it is likely caused by bronchitis, pneumonia, or post-nasal drip, but do bring this to your doctor's attention as a relentless cough can be a sign of lung cancer.
Many women reported unusually heavy and painful periods or bleeding between periods (otherwise known as spotting) as the tip-off to endometrial or cervical cancer. Abnormal cycles aren't out of the norm, but it's wise not to wait for symptoms to exacerbate if you feel they are interfering with your day-to-day lifestyle.
One of the first signs lung cancer patients remember is the inability to catch their breath or a whistling noise while breathing. Thyroid cancer can also cause breathing problems paired with throat pain.
This symptom is not to be confused with PMS. For women, breasts that appear red or purplish in color or feel hot, swollen, or irritated could mean inflammatory breast cancer. Mammograms can help diagnose breast cancer, but we recommend being conscious of apparent bodily changes like this.
Difficulty swallowing or eating is commonly associated with esophageal or throat cancer, but can also be one of the first signs of lung cancer. A hoarse voice or a strong pressure in the throat can be an early indicator of thyroid or laryngeal cancer.