warning signs of cancer:
In the early
stages, the warning signs of cancer are usually vague and general.
Some of the symptoms may even be caused by other illnesses or
conditions. However, even vague symptoms may provide early signs of
cancer, with your vigilance resulting in improved early detection,
treatment and remission. Some of these vague symptoms include night
sweats, fatigue and new and persistent pain. A person experiencing
any these symptoms should be examined by a physician immediately. Some
symptoms are common to various forms of cancer including pain,
bleeding, enlarged lymph nodes, unexplained weight loss and nausea.
However, each specific form of cancer also has its own warning signs,
such as lumps in the breast in breast cancer, difficulty swallowing in
esophageal cancer and yellowish skin (jaundice) in pancreatic cancer.
A prominent sign
of cancer is that when it begins to grow, it eventually starts
pressing in on and begins invading surrounding tissues, frequently
resulting in pain. At the very beginning most cancers are not
painful, and some even remain painless as they progress. It is simply
not true that all cancers cause pain, and you should never ignore
symptoms that are painless believing they are not signs of cancer.
Cancer tends to
lead to bleeding relatively quickly as the cells are not bound
together very tightly making them quite fragile. Cancers may also
grow into surrounding blood vessels causing them to bleed. The
location of the bleeding is frequently indicative of where the cancer
is developing, with colon cancer resulting in blood in the stool and
kidney cancer causing blood to show up in the urine. However, you
need to realize that bleeding can be the result of other diseases
besides cancer and is not always definitively a sign of cancer.
Sometimes bleeding is internal and not obvious. In fact, unusual
fatigue that does not improve with rest may be indicative of internal
bleeding. Bleeding and bruising easily may also be indicative of
leukemia, although leukemia causes bleeding through a different
physiological mechanism. The platelets in the bloodstream are lowered
as the bone marrow begins producing cancer cells instead. People with
low platelet levels are known to bleed much easier than people with
higher platelet levels.
spread quite quickly to nearby lymph nodes in the early stages.
Cancerous lymph nodes become large and hard and may be difficult to
move around. Unlike infected lymph nodes, they are usually painless.
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