The Signs and Symptoms of Cancer

Cancer is a killer and finding ways to detect it early can significantly reduce the end result of the disease and drastically broaden the options available for treating the cancer. While there are a broad number of ailments that are commonly associated with cancer, one of the reasons that a cure has proved to be so elusive if not impossible is the variances associated with cancer. While there are some basic signs & symptoms to look for with cancer, their are variations between the diseases and cancer symptoms in adults will carry from cancer symptoms in children. Identifying these variances and understanding the symptoms related to specific cancers can help you to detect and treat cancer in its early stages while you still have a broad range of options for treatment.

15 Common Cancer Symptoms

There are some common signs of cancer that should alert you to its presence. Fifteen of the most common signs include:

1) Dense tissue mass that forms into lumps under the skin.
2) Discoloration of skin and bruise like appearances. These are known as lesions and are a common early sign of cancer.
3) Heavy fatigue that is long lasting and cannot be assigned to other factors. Be assured though that fatigue is common to a variety of different factors and illnesses and is best diagnosed by a doctor.
4) Swollen lymph nodes can be related to cancer, particularly if they don't decrease in size for a month or more
5) Problems consuming food and loss of appetite.
6) Significant changes in warts or moles.
7) Unusual weight loss.
8) Indigestion or swallowing problems.
9) A hoarse throat that is not related to a viral infection can be a sign that you need to have yourself checked for cancer.
10) Itching on skin or in genitals.
11) Excess urination may be a sign that you have cancer.
12) A poor level of iron in your blood (similar to anemia) when you aren't anemic may be a sign of cancer.
13) Discharge from your breasts or bloody discharge may be a sign of cancer.
14) Enlarged testicles may be a sign of cancer.
15) Blood in your stools or when you urinate may be a sign of different types of cancer.

Many other non cancer factors can lead to some of these problems so be sure to consult with a doctor if you suspect cancer or just for a routine checkup.

What to Do When You Suspect Cancer

If you suspect cancer then you should immediately make an appointment for treating it as soon as you can. Visit an oncologist who specializes in cancer identification and treatment and determine what options are available for treatment. Get a second option if possible and select from the various treatment options based on the doctors recommendations as well as your own feelings. The type of cancer, your age and condition, and the availability of treatment facilities will all play a role in terms of selecting the best treatment option for the cancer that you have.