According to the CDC, cancer is the second highest cause of death, with a reported 591,699 victims in 2015. Cancer symptoms are not always obvious. Pay close attention to these 10 symptoms that most people ignore.
- Weight Loss
Sudden weight loss without any changes in diet or exercise can be a major red flag. The loss can be a sign of colon cancer. Screenings should begin at 50, as chances of colon cancer increase during this time.
2. Rectal Bleeding
Immediately see a doctor if you have this symptom. Rectal bleeding is one of the first signs of colon cancer.
3. Nail Changes
Changes in nail color can signal liver issues, which could mean liver cancer. Pay close attention to black or brown lines or dots that appear in the nails; this change could mean skin cancer.
4. Excessive Bruising
Abnormal bruising could possibly be a sign of Leukemia. If you notice bruising in strange areas, such as fingers, palms, and neck, you should seek medical attention. Bruising can be a sign of red blood cell imbalance.
5. Swollen lymph nodes
A mass under the arm could be a sign of breast cancer, while a lump under the groin or neck could be an early indicator of Leukemia. These changes in the Lymphatic system should be a cause of concern.
6. Difficulty Swallowing
This symptom can be an indicator for cervical cancer and lung cancer.
7. Chronic Cough and Chest Pain
An occasional cough is no cause for concern, but a constant pain should be checked out by a doctor. Chronic cough and chest pain could mean Leukemia or lung cancer.
8. Pain In Abdomen or Pelvis
Women, this symptom could be a sign of ovarian cysts. Pain in this area should be addressed by a doctor.
9. Shortness of Breath
Shortness of breath is often misdiagnosed as asthma. If you have never been diagnosed with asthma, this symptom could be one of the first signs of lung cancer. Be sure to consult a physician if you are experiencing wheezing or shortness of breath.
10. Common Infections
Leukemia weakens your body’s ability to fight off infections. If you begin to suffer from fever, flu-like symptoms, and other common infections, this could be an early sign of Leukemia.
The CDC reports cancer will soon become the leading cause of death in the United States. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, do not ignore them. Early detection is key to survival.
H/T [World Truth]