No one wants to hear the word “cancer.” It’s a diagnosis that can strike fear into the heart of even the bravest individual. The good news is that, when caught early, cancer is often very treatable.
The key is to be aware of the warning signs and to see a doctor as soon as you notice any of them.
Cancer cells can hijack your body’s normal processes and use them for their own growth. This can result in an overall loss of appetite and weight loss, even if you’re eating the same amount of food as usual.
Cancer cells require a lot of energy to grow, which can leave you feeling tired and run down. This fatigue may be constant or may come and go, and it can be severe enough to interfere with your normal activities.
If you’re regularly feeling exhausted but can’t pinpoint a reason why you should let your physician know immediately.
Cancer can also cause changes in your skin. This may include new moles or changes to existing moles, including size, shape, or color. You may also experience skin changes that are not mole-related, such as yellowing, itching, or redness.
If you notice any changes in your skin, no matter how small, mention them to your doctor immediately.
Swelling or Lumps
In some cases, cancerous cells can cause swelling or the formation of lumps under the skin. These lumps may be painless initially, but they can eventually become painful. If you notice any swelling or lumps that seem out of the ordinary, don’t hesitate to bring them up with your doctor.
Cancerous tumors can press on nerves and organs, causing pain in different parts of the body. This pain may come and go at first, but it can eventually become more constant. If you’re experiencing unexplained pain that doesn’t go away after a few days, tell your doctor about it so they can investigate further.