What you may believe is a common, everyday ailment may potentially be a very serious cancer symptom. Let’s be clear: that’s not to say every ache and pain is bad news, but it should be a wake up call to listen to your body. Certain ailments, aches, sicknesses, or patterns of ailments should–at the very least–spur a phone call to your doctor.
In a recent statement, the ACS (American Cancer Society) estimated approximately 40 percent of those men and women in the US today will contract some form of cancer within their lifetimes. Given those dreary odds — coupled with the fact that as cancer is left untreated it can grow exponentially into the later, more difficult to treat stages — and you can see how important it is to listen to your body. Here are 20 things to look for.
We all cough from time to time, whether it be from allergies, sinus drainage, or just to clear our throat. To that end, usually, a cough is just that, a cough. However, if the occasional cough becomes more and more persistent, then it can possibly be a sign of an underlying problem. Some forms of lung cancer are preceded with a cough, that many do not see for the symptom that it actually can be. When your cough is accompanied by other symptoms—such as blood in your saliva, shortness of breath or even check pain—it is best to alert your physician. If the symptoms are left to linger, the condition may very well worsen and be more challenging to treat in the end.
Let us just say, not all breast lumps are created equal. A reported majority, an estimated 8 out of 10, are in most cases benign in nature. With that said, there are cases where the presence of a breast lump may very well be a precursory sign of breast cancer. Of the cancers found in women today, breast cancer is the second most common type. If a lump, or lumps, are found in the breast, it is highly suggested that you consult with a physician. In many cases, cancerous lumps will present more irregular in shape and will feel much firmer than the surround breast tissue.