They say…a stitch in time saves nine. Very true to the word where cancer is concerned… cancers are silent killers because most get detected only when the tumor affects nerves and cause pain. Be on your vigil always…Cancer is curative but only if detected early. Simple methods to detect it at home.
Warning signs of cancer
- Change in bowel or bladder habits
- A sore that does not heal
- Nagging cough or hoarseness
- Change in size, color, shape, thickness of a wart or mole
- Erectile problems or lump in breast or elsewhere.
- Repeated fatigue, weight loss or infection.
Tips to detect early … and say good bye to cancer
1. Unexplained weight loss:
Unexplained weight loss can be an early sign of colon and other digestive cancers; it can also be a sign of cancer that’s spread to the liver, affecting your appetite and the ability of your body to rid itself of waste.
2. Frequent fevers or infections:
These can be signs of leukemia. Leukemia causes the marrow to produce abnormal white blood cells, which crowd out healthy white cells, sapping the body’s infection-fighting capabilities.
3. Swelling of facial features:
Puffiness of face occurs in lung cancers due to decreased oxygenation of the tissues.
4. Swollen lymph nodes:
Enlarged lymph nodes indicate changes in the lymphatic system, which can be a sign of cancer. But other causes should first be ruled out.
5. Excessive bruising or bleeding that doesn’t stop:
This indicates problem with the bleeding clotting mechanisms of blood. Suggestive of blood cancers.
6. Weakness and fatigue:
Generalized and unexplained fatigue and weakness is a symptom you need to talk to your doctor about. It is seen in a number of illnesses including cancer.
7. Wheezing or shortness of breath:
One of the first signs lung cancer patients remember noticing when they look back is the inability to catch their breath. Many confuse it with asthma or heart ailments.
8. Difficulty in urinating with Blood in urine or semen:
Men are often warned about blood in the urine, but they may not realize that blood in semen is also a danger sign for prostate cancer
9. Erection problems:
As prostate cancer progresses, another very common sign is difficulty getting or sustaining an erection.
10. Pain, aching, or heaviness in the groin, hips, thighs, or abdomen:
One sign of prostate cancer is frequent pain in the hips, upper thighs, or the lowest part of the back.
11. Testicular swelling or lump:
The lumps that indicate testicular cancer are nearly always painless. It’s also common for a testicle to be enlarged or swollen,
12. Unexplained back pain:
Unexplained, persistent back pain can be an early sign of cancer (multiple myelomas) as well, so get it checked out. Pain in the lower back and hips can be a sign of prostate cancer, while pain in the upper back can signal lung cancer.
13. Scaly or painful nipple or chest, nipple discharge:
Signs of breast cancer include lump in breast, patches of red, scaly, or dimpled skin or changes to the nipple such as turning inward or leaking fluid. Bring to your doctor’s attention these especially if you are menopausal.
14. Change in a mole:
know the different types of skin cancers—melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma—and be vigilant about checking skin all over the body for odd-looking growths or spots.
15. Changes in nails:
Unexplained changes to the fingernails can be a sign of several types of cancer. A brown or black streak or dot under the nail can indicate skin cancer, while newly discovered “clubbing,” which means enlargement of the ends of the fingers, with nails that curve down over the tips, can be a sign of lung cancer.
16. Difficulty swallowing:
Commonest sign of esophageal cancer is difficulty in swallowing.
19. Something cooking in the belly:
Any pain in the abdomen should be investigated properly to exclude cancer of the belly organs.
20. Chronic heartburn:
If you have frequent episodes of heartburn or a constant low-level feeling of pain in the chest after eating, call your doctor and ask to be screened for esophageal cancer.
21. Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool:
Commonest sign of ano rectal cancer is blood in stools if you have already excluded bleeding piles.
22. Bowel problems:
Constipation, diarrhea, and changes in stools can all be signs of cancer. that are paler than normal and smelly. This is a sign that your body’s not absorbing your food normally, and it should be brought to your doctor’s attention.