Cancer is a disease that haunts some people and is a frightening disease.
Because until now the cause of cancer is not yet known clearly. And cancer sufferers need treatment and care that is different from other diseases, often the care and treatment of cancer patients is very expensive, therefore cancer patients and families of cancer patients often experience stress.
Cancer can be detected early, there are symptoms that must be considered and suspected before the appearance of cancer in the body.
Here are 20 early signs of cancer that can be noticed so they can be prevented quickly and precisely:
- Take a short breath
One of the first signs that is known to many lung cancer patients is the inability to breathe.
- Chronic cough or chest pain
There are several types of cancer, including leukemia and lung tumors that can cause symptoms that resemble coughing or bronchitis.
Some lung cancer patients report chest pain that extends to the shoulder or under the arm.
- Frequent fever or infection
This can be a sign of leukemia, a cancer of blood cells that starts in the bone marrow.
Leukemia causes the marrow to produce abnormal white blood cells, depleting the body’s ability to fight infection.
- Difficulty swallowing
Swallowing problems are most often associated with esophageal or throat cancers, and sometimes one of the first signs of lung cancer too.
- Swollen lymph nodes
A lump in the neck, armpit or groin occurs.
Enlarged lymph nodes show changes in the lymphatic system which can be a sign of cancer.
- Excessive bruising or bleeding that does not stop
These symptoms usually indicate something abnormal happens with platelets and red blood cells, which can be a sign of leukemia.
Over time, leukemia cells urge red blood cells and platelets to damage the blood’s ability to carry oxygen and blood clots.
- Weak and tired
Weakness and fatigue are symptoms of so many types of cancer.
All you need is to see it in combination with other symptoms. But every time you suddenly feel tired even though you have enough rest, talk to your doctor.
- Increased weight and flatulence
Women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer will often experience flatulence which can not explain the cause, suddenly and continues.
- Feel full and have difficulty eating
This is another gejaa from ovarian cancer, which has no appetite and hasn’t even eaten for some time.
- Pelvic pain and abdominal pain
Cramps in the pelvis and abdomen can indicate ovarian cancer. Leukemia can also cause abdominal pain because of the enlarged spleen.
- Anal bleeding or blood in the stool
This is a common symptom of the diagnosis of colorectal cancer.
Blood in the stool is the reason to immediately see a doctor and schedule a colonoscopy.
- Sudden weight loss
Weight loss is the first sign of colon cancer and other digestive cancers. This is also a sign of cancer that spreads to the liver, affects appetite and the body’s ability to rid itself of waste.
- Stomach ache
Abdominal cramps or abdominal pain that can often indicate colorectal cancer.
- Breasts are red, sore, or swollen
These symptoms can indicate inflamed breast cancer. Contact your doctor immediately about any changes.
- Nipple changes
One of the most common changes that every woman must watch out for before being diagnosed with breast cancer is the nipples that look flat, upside down, or rotated to the side.
- Painful menstruation
This can be the first sign of endometrial cancer.
Perform transvaginal ultrasound if you suspect something more than menstrual pain.
- Swelling of the face
People suffering from lung cancer will experience swelling and redness on the face. Small cell lung tumors block blood vessels in the chest, preventing blood from flowing freely from the head and face.
- Skin pain and lumps that don’t heal
Lumps that appear painful, become crust or easily bleed are signs of skin cancer, namely melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma.
Beware of examining the skin throughout the body to see any growth or spots that look strange.
- Change nails
Brown spots or black spots under the nails can indicate skin cancer.
Usually there is also an enlarged fingertip with curved nails to the tip can be a sign of lung cancer.
Pale or white nails can sometimes be a sign of liver cancer.
- Pain in the back or lower right side
Many cancer patients say this is a sign of liver cancer.
Breast cancer is also often diagnosed through back pain, which can occur when the breast tumor presses back and chest or when