Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., and following right behind it is cancer, and its important to catch it in its earliest stages. 1.6 million people will be diagnosed and 600,000 people will die from cancer related causes in the U.S.
Luckily cancer is becoming more and more treatable and its best treated early, and we have 10 ways to catch it early.
- Prolonged Cough
Coughs that have an unusual amount of time to go away are normally innocent respiratory illness, but if your saliva is having any signs of blood or you’re coughing up blood that should be your red flag. Possible issues could be head, neck, or lung cancer and you should find treatment as soon as possible.
- If you have blood in your waste…
It could mean that there is a case of hemorrhoids or a disease like Crohn’s disease. But don’t count out that it might be another indicator of cancer, such as tumors with colon cancer. Regardless of what is suspected get checked immediately if rectal bleeding occurs or if waste contains blood.
- Anemia can be caused by cancer
An under average count of red blood cells are characteristics of anemia, but anemia is also a characteristic of cancer. Anemia can exist by a lack of iron intake, but cancers like bowel types are iron deficient related. Tests like endoscopies, x-rays of your intestinal tract, or a colonoscopy can really seal the deal if it is or not.
- Lumps on the breasts or testicles
Men with lumps on testicles usually don’t feel pain but it’s a clear indicator of testicular cancer. For woman, it is a lump somewhere on the breast to indicate breast cancer. Leaks from the breast or a swell of the testicles are clear and very common symptoms of cancer. Do regular checks at home to make sure there are no lumps and if lumps are present get a biopsy of the lumps.
- Urine abnormalities
Quick and sudden changes in urination are possible symptoms of an enlarged prostate gland or urinary tract infection. Common signs are small amounts of urine with increased pressure, slow urination, or/and sudden change of urine color. Its important to get regular check-ups and find out about a probable issue with a doctor.
- Moles and Warts
Watch moles or warts, they are indicators of your health. Moles can turn into cancer, most likely on bigger ones. Removing a mole is quick process and can prevent the possibility of cancer and causing it in other parts of the body. You should watch for bleeding, shape changes, and edges; it could be a sign of skin cancer.
- Having a Hard Time Swallowing?
Barrets esophagus Is a condition where the throat is continuously in contact with acid and in relation with heart burn. In unfortunate cases it turns into esophageal cancer. Geriatric patients are most prone to difficulty in swallowing and should be assisted and checked. Such conditions can be treated with surgical processes or series of medication.
- Bleeding From the Vagina
Although it is natural for woman to experience bleeding on a menstrual cycle, its not normal to have unusually large amounts of blood to come out. If urination has blood or you are in pain during sexual intercourse it could be a sign of cervical cancer. Bleeding for 3 days while not on a menstrual cycle is another possible sign. However, if you are experiencing bleeding from non menstrual reasons, see a doctor as soon as possible.
- Sores That Won’t Leave or Genital Itching
Discoloration of the skin in the genital area can be a sign of precancerous cells. Meet with a doctor if sores do not heal, because it could be a case of psoriasis or a fungal infection. If you smoke and have a mouth sore, it may be a sign of mouth cancer.
- Constant Pain in Joints or Back
Bad sleeping positions, doing a workout wrong, or just external damage are all normal causes for pains in the joints or the back. But if it is constant pain it could be caused by cancer in the spine. Common symptoms of it in bones are tenderness and discomfort in your bones. A lot of bone pains is a possible lead to a disease.