While modern medicine has taken the bite out of many of the scariest diseases the world has known, cancer is still an enigma. You have a good chance of facing cancer at some point in your life, so there is some reason for concern. While you can’t diagnose every type of cancer yourself, there are symptoms you should not ignore.
This is especially true if the cough is not related to another illness. If you can’t seem to stop coughing, especially if you smoke, it is time to have yourseld checked out.
Bumps and cuts don’t heal properly.
You should heal from small injuries fairly quickly. If your system is not able to take care of taking care of this simple task you need to speak with your doctor. While it doesn’t guarantee that systemic cancer is the cause, you need to find out the cause.
Discolored patches of skin.
Skin cancer is somewhat unique in that you can see it. Keep track of any odd patches on your skin and have a doctor check them to see if they believe you need a biopsy.
Unexpected weight loss. Again there are many diseases that can cause this condition, but cancer is one of the more serious possibilities. If you are losing weight without trying, especially if it is a drastic change, it is time to make an appointment.
If you find that you are always tired, you may have a serious disease. Cancer is one of the many conditions that drain you of your energy and make it difficult to perform normal daily tasks.
Pain localized to a specific area.
Joint pain is often associated with the various forms of arthritis, but pain in the limbs or torso is a whole other story. This pain could be your body telling you that there is something there that should not be.
White patches in your mouth.
Oral cancers are usually spotted in this way. Just take a peek every so often inside your mouth when you are done brushing. Tell your doctor or dentist as soon as possible if something appears out of the ordinary.
While many people suffer from mild heartburn or a little constipation, a drastic change in your digestive system could be a warning sign that something is amiss. If you change your diet, your body may spend a week or so adjusting, but no more than that. If your body just isn’t handling food well for weeks at a time, it is time to tell a doctor.
Cancer is not the only disease that causes these symptoms. Only a trained professional ven tell you what the cause of these problems is. That being said, most of these symptoms are reason enough to go to the doctor regardless of the cause. Whatever your hold-backs are, you need to set them aside so that you don’t regret your decision later. This is the same for family and friends- don’t let them put off taking care of these important issues.